Mark Hughes accepts Saturday's 3-1 home defeat to Chelsea will quell some of the hysteria that has started to build up around Manchester City.
While manager Hughes claimed he was not in need of the reality check, its delivery may force some of City's more optimistic followers to revise their own expectations.
"It wasn't a reality check from our point of view," said Hughes. "We are still very early in our development as a squad and a team."
He added: "We realise we are still young in time terms.
"But some people have got a little bit ahead of themselves and a little bit hysterical. We know the level we are at.
"Chelsea were excellent in the second half. They set traps for you.
"In the end, it was a fair result, we have no qualms about that."
British record signing Robinho marked his debut with a free-kick strike, but goals from Ricardo Carvalho, Frank Lampard and Nicolas Anelka eased Chelsea to a deserved win which emphasised the gulf in class between the wealthy clubs.
Of his new �32.5million signing, who marked his full debut with a goal, Hughes said: "Robinho was excellent. I was pleased with his overall performance.
"He showed in glimpses what he can produce and he also has an excellent work ethic, which a lot of people don't realise."
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