With the way Manchester City's 2012-13 season ended, it is no wonder that new manager Manuel Pellegrini's task going forward was daunting.
Granted, when the club's chief executive sets the minimum hardware return at five trophies in five years, there is no mistaking the urgency. If that is not "win now," it is at least "win real soon."
Because City were unceremoniously dismissed from Champions League play, summarily smoked by Manchester United in the Premier League title race and then (perhaps most embarrassingly) shocked by soon-to-be-relegated Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup final, by May the City narrative was one of a club that had lost their way.
That was the half-empty glass view. The half-full glass view showed that City pretty well strolled to second place in the league table and made a Cup final. That's a great decade for half the clubs in the Premier League.
Plus, as Pellegrini soon found on arriving at the Etihad, it is not like all of Roberto Mancini's 2011-12 league champion players suddenly forgot how to play football.
After a rather ragged 2012-13 effort—four goals and eight assists as against six goals and 15 assists in 2011-12—Silva seems rejuvenated under Pellegrini.