So a frustrating, slightly baffling season, occasionally flirting with greatness, but too often confirming our suspicions that the necessary surgery requires more than one transfer window, finally reaches a stuttering, anti climatic finale at Vicarage Road.
Thankfully the goals have returned, and I fully expect a possession-dominated performance, eventually culminating in a fairly routine victory over disinterested opponents.
The days of Typical City have long since departed, but if you’re searching for the Ghost of Christmas Past, then look no further than the Cologne-Mainz result on Saturday afternoon.
Trophyless since 1983, and no European football for 25 seasons, FC Koln appear to have morphed into the Manchester City of 2004-05.
All they require for definite Europa League qualification is victory over Mainz and no fluky result for Freiburg in the Allianz Arena.
Fear the worst if they finish the game with two goalkeepers, and the ref awards a last minute penalty.
But I digress.
For me, the highlight of our season was the victory over Barcelona and the growing sense that Gabriel Jesus is the real deal. Sane has shown some tantalising glimpses, and to be fair to Sterling, he’s probably been the most improved player.
Despite appearing less effective, Aguero has scored plenty of goals, whilst Silva and De Bruyne have both been good rather than brilliant. Yaya appears revitalised, but then again, he should look fresh when he’s missed the first half of the season.
Kolarov and Navas seem to have benefited from a change of position, but otherwise it’s been a general mish mosh of goalkeeping chaos, injury-prone players getting injured, and dubious refereeing, bordering on disgusting, particularly in the three home matches against Chelsea, Tottenham, and Liverpool.
Have a good summer everyone.