There was a sense of this being one last chance at glory for this version of the squad as Manchester City got its latest Champions League campaign underway on Wednesday. Guardiola, however, is not the only City symbol that looks down the barrel of a final shot with the club at European glory.
Sergio Aguero, like his boss, is out of contract at the end of the season, meaning that from January he will be able to speak to other European sides.
Club icons like Vincent Kompany, David Silva and Yaya Toure have all tried with City to win the prestigious European trophy. Everybody has left disappointed now.
If he is not going to pursue them by leaving Manchester with a bulging bag of domestic trophies, but no victorious Champions League tale to tell, Aguero is running out of time.