"Manchester City lack cutting edge in tepid draw at Swansea," said The Guardian.
"A lackluster and seemingly uninterested City side was unable to break down the disciplined home side...in a goalless draw," is how Goal.com put it.
"Mancini's boys all go missing" was the damning five-word summary from The Express.
So, um, yeah, not the best of times for the Citizens.
Perhaps fortunately, perhaps not, City has little time to ruminate on what might have been over the weekend in Wales. West Bromwich Albion is coming to the Etihad for a rare Tuesday clash.
Here are the battles City will be fighting against the Baggies.