Manchester City's 1-0 victory over Stoke didn't upset the odds.
A surprisingly empty Brittania Stadium played host to an encounter that simmered with drama. The visitors dominated throughout, creating plenty of opportunities to take the lead. David Silva came close with a curled shot off the post in the first half, while Pablo Zabaleta won the game with five minutes left.
A deserved victory for Roberto Mancini's men served up a number of lessons. What have we discovered this time round? Let's take a look.