Four years ago this week, Pep Guardiola took charge of his first Manchester City game.
232 fixtures, and eight trophies, later and Guardiola is three games away from lifting the Champions League for the first time since leaving Barcelona.
But in a season that has been extended like no other before it, City face the possibility of finishing the 2019/20 campaign just three weeks before the next one begins.
On Thursday, the Premier League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup confirmed the fixture schedules for the new season. City will get an extended break that starts whenever they exit the Champions League this month, but are still set to start the new season no later than September 22.
As the FA, Premier League and EFL try to configure a calendar that fits all the necessary fixtures into a shorter space of time, that will inevitably mean more midweek games to contend with.
But the removal of FA Cup replays and two-legged Carabao Cup semi-final does offer Guardiola some help when it comes to fixture congestion in the winter months.
There is also a more manageable Christmas schedule, with four games in 14 days between December 19 and January 2 (before TV scheduling) - compared to six games in 17 days in 2019/20. That's 3.5 days between fixtures, up from 2.8 this season.
In his four years at the Etihad, Guardiola has not stopped complaining about the number of fixtures City have to play in such a short space of time, going so far as saying he would have to put his players in the fridge when tasked with two games in less than 48 hours this season.
If City reach the Champions League final, they will have played 61 times this season out of a possible 64 games had they required FA Cup replays and got to the final of that competition.
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Next season, City's maximum number of games will be 62, albeit in a shorter season and at an average of 3.9 days between fixtures.
It's not the level of assistance Guardiola will have hoped for when asking for help from the authorities, and it was certainly enforced due to global events, but the fixture schedule has given City two fewer games to worry about and a more fluent schedule to build up some rhythm playing three times a week most weeks.
With a better Christmas schedule and no cup replays to factor in, City can plan for a fast-paced, but more predictable fixture list in 2020/21.
Maybe the Premier League and others have finally listened to Guardiola's cries for help.