Their place in the Capital One Cup final was inevitable already, but Manchester City booked their date at Wembley with a 3-0 win at West Ham to seal a record 9-0 aggregate success.
Reuniting Alvaro Negredo and Sergio Aguero ultimately proved key for boss Manuel Pellegrini, who used what was effectively a free game to partner up his preferred front two ahead of the tests to come in the months ahead.
Negredo headed home a Marcos Lopes cross to open the scoring less than three minutes in, with Aguero doubling the lead when he profited from poor home defending.
Spaniard Negredo then added a third following a one-two with his strike partner just before the hour mark.
Here are six lessons learned from Upton Park.