"What happens to a dream deferred? / Does it dry up / like a raisin in the sun?" Langston Hughes, "Harlem."
It took Manchester City almost 60 years to qualify for the knockout stage of UEFA's top club competition, now known as the Champions League.
It took the Sky Blues about 95 minutes to all but put themselves right back outside looking in.
Manchester City 0-2 Barcelona was not the Champions League playoff debut anyone from the blue side of Manchester hoped for. But the stinging defeat did reveal some weaknesses that City must address if they are ever to realize their dream of Champions League glory.
Here are six players Manchester City should pursue intently with future Champions League campaigns in mind.