Coming right after a trip to Stamford Bridge and (as it happened) right before a vital Champions League match with CSKA Moscow, some home cooking and a visit from a side favored to fight against the drop had to suit manager Manuel Pellegrini just fine.
Except, well, it is never that easy for Manchester City, is it?
There were other changes in the XI, as well, from the side that labored through City's 2-0 win over Newcastle United in the Capital One Cup midweek.
Unfortunately for Manchester City, one of those changes was not the insertion of centre-back Vincent Kompany. Nor is he expected back anytime soon.
Manchester City faced not only a desperate Norwich City side. They faced questions about their championship aspirations.
After Chelsea's earlier result, Manchester City were given a giftwrapped opportunity to regain some ground lost in the Premier League table. To their credit, Pellegrini's men grabbed the chance with both hands.
The 7-0 victory over Norwich City will buy Manchester City peace.
For a day or two, anyway.