Then Stoke came to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
However, the shock 1-0 defeat didn't persuade manager Manuel Pellegrini to rush into making a signing on transfer deadline day, with the only business conducted by the club seeing Alvaro Negredo, Micah Richards and Emyr Huws all head for the exit door.
Was that the right decision? Time will tell, but Pellegrini will doubtless be happy with the six summer signings he made for the champions.
Here, we take a look at just who came through City's window: