The lack of urgency in Manchester City's Champions League play has had deleterious effects on their Group A fate.
Take the 2-1 defeat away to Napoli, for example. City had 70 percent of the possession and a 91 percent pass accuracy rate, compared to 73 from their opponents.
But from all that keep-ball, they managed only four more shots than their opponents, and only three more on target.
After Mario Balotelli equalised following Edinson Cavani's opener, City dominated the first half and looked most likely to win.
What happened after the break? They conceded within four minutes and went on to lose. There was no urgency in their play and no changes for another 20 minutes after Napoli took the lead.
A sense of "we've got the better players, we'll score eventually" seemed to envelope City and the manager, as was the case at home to Villarreal when Sergio Aguero bailed the team out with an injury-time winner.
This time, though, it wasn't the case, and nor was it in the 1-1 draw at home, costing City five points, and most likely, a place in the knockout stages.