It was a tale of jet-propelled speed, of a battle against frustration and it was marked by a difficulty in finding the answers.
Both these teams are in Dubai, taking advantage of a two-week break in fixtures to combine a few days R&R with some warm-weather training.
Failure on this scale implicates everyone at Manchester City.
The title race is all but over.
It is a universal truth that film adaptations of books are notoriously bad, so when I heard that one of my favourite novels was soon to be a major motion picture, I was more than a little wary.
Baltimore Ravens are the Superbowl Champs. Did you see it coming?
Manchester United have been given a vote of confidence ahead of their tie with Real Madrid, by a former player.
Aston Villa finally end their winless streak with a 2-1 victory of West Ham to lift them out of the relegation zone.
Mario Balotelli was the savour again as he rescued a 1-1 draw for AC Milan against Cagliari.