Pep Guardiola couldn't have asked for a better 45 minutes in the first half of Manchester City's Premier League demolition of Burnley.
An early brace from Riyad Mahrez within 21 minutes put City in control and gave them two goals in a match for the first time in six games.
By half time, Benjamin Mendy had scored his first goal in City colours, and the Blues were in total control. They had put any lingering doubts about their poor goalscoring form emphatically behind them, and gave Guardiola the chance to rest some key players in the second half.
Guardiola started that process immediately, taking off ever-present Rodri, and as the half wore on it was clear the instructions from the sidelines were to conserve energy in a game that had been won a long time ago.
The most pleasing thing from Guardiola will be that talk of his misfiring side was clinically put to bed. He had told his side to keep trusting themselves, keep pressing forward, and keep beng positive. Then the goals would return.
That's exactly what City did, and true to Guardiola's word, the mental block broke and one goal was followed by a second and a third.
Now, City players must listen to another of Guardiola's pre-match observations.
When it was put to the manager that City needed a big win - like this one - for the mentality to change and the 'old' ruthless City to return, he was dismissive.
The reason he disagreed with that notion was that, he said, when City have recorded big wins in the past, it has been followed by a lower-intensity performance.
So he will now be looking for his side to keep up the momentum gained from this morale-boosting victory in the coming weeks. Guardiola will obviously rotate for the Champions League trip to Porto, and City shouldn't have any problems with Fulham at home next week. But those are exactly the kinds of situations where he will be looking for his side to maintain their intensity, whoever plays.
City gave Guardiola exactly what he asked for against Burnley, and then some. Now the task is to prove the manager wrong when it comes to following this result up next week.