Manchester City travel to Hull City this Saturday (March 15th) for a televised game on BT Sport, with Manuel Pellegrini's men very much licking their wounds.
A week ago, City were in contention for an unprecedented quadruple - with the Barclays Premier League, FA Cup with Budweiser and UEFA Champions League on their hit-list, to add to the recent Capital One Cup win.
But following a shock FA Cup defeat at home to Wigan on Sunday, they have now been dispatched from European competition after failing to overcome a first-leg deficit against Barcelona.
The writing was already on the wall heading into last night's encounter at the Nou Camp, following Barca's comfortable 2-0 win in Manchester a fortnight ago.
And as such, it is Sunday's cup defeat to Sky Bet Championship opposition - at the fortress Etihad - which particularly frustrates City fans.
The only silverware still up for grabs is the Barclays Premier League crown, and City are no longer in the driving seat in this competition.
Chelsea have gone nine points clear at the top of the table, with City needing to win all three games in hand to keep pace with Jose Mourinho's Blues.
This means City can ill-afford to drop points at the KC Stadium on Saturday, when they travel to Hull for a 12:45pm kick-off.
The Tigers are enjoying their return to the top flight, with Steve Bruce's men currently five points above the relegation zone in 13th with ten games to go.
They have also secured a trip to Wembley for the FA Cup semi-finals, and will very much fancy their chances against Sky Bet League One opponents Sheffield United.
Hull have five crucial league games to play before the semi, with West Brom, West Ham, Stoke City and Swansea City coming up after the visit of Man City.
The Tigers will see many of these as being winnable, particularly with new strikers Shane Long and Nikica Jelavi? providing much-needed firepower in attack.
Defeat for Man City this Saturday will mean a long road back into the title race - and could ultimately lead to severe disappointment in what looked like such a promising 2013-14 season.
BT Sport subscribers can watch all the action this Saturday at 12:45pm on BT Sport 1, to see if Man City can stop their season unravelling.