The focus was largely on the red half of Manchester on Tuesday evening, with Manchester United failing to progress past the group stages of the Champions League after succumbing to defeat at the hands of Group B winners Wolfsburg.
However, while the Red Devils were dropping into the Europa League, Manchester City were quietly going about their business, beating Borussia Monchengladbach 4-2 to finish top of the Group D, above last year's finalists Juventus.
Manuel Pellegrini's men have never progressed past the round of 16 and a Champions League run is what their fans - especially owner Sheikh Mansour - so desire.
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So why could this year be different for the Citizens?
TOP OF THE GROUP
For the first time in City's history, they have progressed as group winners, dodging a last 16 tie with the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
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Pellegrini will happily face the majority of the second placed finishers, though he'll hope to avoid Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain.
The confidence gained and belief that City are now part of the European elite suggests they can finally get to the latter stages of the competition.
RETURN OF SILVA AND AGUERO
There aren't many in the City side that could walk into any club in the world, but David Silva and Sergio Aguero are certainly two of such players.
Once described as the best player in the league by Gary Neville, Silva was pivotal in their win against Monchengladbach, scoring the opening goal from a Raheem Sterling back heel.
If Silva can remain fit, Pellegrini's side have the ability to carve open any defence.
And alongside Silva, City have one of the greatest strikers in the world in their diminutive Argentinian. Aguero averages more than a goal every other game in the Champions League, and if he's fit and firing by February, the rest of Europe need to watch out.
RISE OF RAHEEM
It may have been just his 21st birthday on Tuesday, but Sterling's two classy finishes against Monchengladbach were signs of real maturity in front of goal from the forward.
If the £50 million man can continue to grow as a player, City and England have not just an exciting prospect, but perhaps a world-class player, on their hands.
ENGLAND'S ONLY HOPE?
The draw for the last 16 takes place at 11am on Monday and, after Chelsea and Arsenal's heroics on Wednesday, there are now three English teams in the hat.
However, with the Blues' current league form and Arsenal's history of struggling to progress past the knockout stages, many believe City are England's most likely to have a successful Champions League campaign.
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