Naturally, the story line that will be beaten to within an inch of its life in advance of Manchester City's upcoming friendly against AC Milan will be the renewal of acquaintances with Mario Balotelli.
The possibilities are more or less infinite.
Will Balotelli score a hat trick and reveal a unique t-shirt message from under his team shirt each time?
Will Balotelli be awarded a penalty, thus setting up a mind game with Joe Hart that fairly impersonates the old "immovable force vs. irresistible object" dilemma?
Will Balotelli get a red card in the opening minutes of the match just to show City how much he still loves them?
With apologies, I will pass on that whole line of inquiry. Mario Balotelli has as much relevance to Manchester City these days as Craig Bellamy does.
To me, the real story is the insanity of playing in Hong Kong on Saturday and in Germany on Wednesday. My body clock gets thrown out of whack if "The Mentalist" is shown an hour late.
So, which Sky Blues will shine brightest against former incendiary Citizen Balotelli in the Audi Cup?