Pep Guardiola has done something he has resisted for the last three years - name an unchanged Manchester City line-up.
With no changes to the City starting XI to face West Ham from the side that beat Porto on Wednesday, Guardiola named the same team in two consecutive games for the first time since October 2017, or 172 games ago.
The rotation approach has helped City to win eight trophies in that time, but injuries have forced Guardiola to finally change that tactic as he explained why he decided to keep the likes of Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling in the side.
Aguero has played twice in a week since returning from a long injury lay-off, while Sterling has played in all of City's previous seven fixtures this season. Kyle Walker and Rodri have also played in each game, while the fresher legs of Phil Foden, Ferran Torres and John Stones were on the bench.
But Guardiola said he kept the same side to build up match fitness in his players due to the restricted time on the training pitch between games.
He told BT Sport: "We decide to continue with the same guys to get the rhythm as soon as possible.
"It is what it is. For the teams who play in Europe and international competitions the schedule is tight with a lot of games. It happened last season, so with the COVID situation we have to adapt.
"We didn’t have much preparation and we have to get it during the game. That’s why today is another opportunity to improve what we’ve improved the last games and get up to the table.
"It was better second half [against Porto] than first but sometimes you need time to read what happens. We cannot deny it's a strong team we play. Porto are so strong and sometimes you need time.
"[West Ham] are in a good moment right now and in football confidence is almost everything. West Ham always have good players, not just in this stadium but the old stadium. Another Premier League game to take the rhythm and get results."
With Kevin De Bruyne returning to the bench, Guardiola also offered an injury update on Aymeric Laporte and Nathan Ake, as he said both are 'close' to returning themselves.