On an opening weekend bereft of quality from any of the Premier League title contenders, Manchester City provided the kind of performance potential champions dream of replicating week in week out.
Central to that performance, among others, was Yaya Toure.
Manchester United laboured to victory against Tottenham, Chelsea could only draw at home against Swansea City, and Arsenal were handed a reality check by West Ham after a summer of optimism.
They seriously impressed as they took control early on before picking the Baggies off at will. On a night when £49 million man Raheem Sterling made his competitive debut, it was somewhat symbolic that Toure and Kompany provided the goals.