It might not seem like it now but in around a month's time Manchester City supporters will look at this season as a positive campaign and with Pellegrini crucially now more aware of the dangers of having a rigid idea in mind of trying to outplay every team in the Premier League there will be yet more improvements next season.
Tintin, waffles, and over-priced chocolate. If you were to traverse the high streets and market squares of Britain, asking the wandering punters to sum up Belgium in three words, the odds are that you'd end up with something largely similar. Yet, in the coming months and years, our Flemish counterparts from across the Channel may well have another fame to claim.
In the nearly five months since his new contract, Mancini seems to have been trying very hard to destroy his own credibility, and City's chances of building on last season's triumph. A series of baffling transfer and team selection decisions have contributed to City's stuttering start to the Premier League, and now - after a 1-1 draw against Borussia Dortmund - being in danger of exiting the Champions League at the group stage for the second successive year.