"For all the managers in the world, it depends on the results".
Pep Guardiola has confirmed Manchester City are "still looking" to add to their £200 million summer spending spree, although he refused to comment on the possibility of hijacking Real Madrid's move for Kylian Mbappe.
Bringing in younger players at the back was clearly on Guardiola's mind this summer after jettisoning the 30-something quartet of Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna and Aleksandar Kolarov to bring in fellow full-backs Mendy, Danilo and Kyle Walker.
He also recruited several youngsters including goalkeeper Ederson, midfielder Bernardo Silva and full-back Benjamin Mendy. "All the players' averages are so, so young so, for the next five, six or seven years, they will be here".
"They are really good players - good enough that it doesn't matter who the manager will be".
The Spanish manager came to the Manchester side with a reputation for winning trophies at every club in his first season, however, his records dropped after he struggled in the league as well as in the other competitions in the Manchester club last season.
"I want to convince them (that) playing in that way is the best way to achieve our dreams, our targets", he said. "(I want them) to be aggressive without the ball, that is good for Manchester City.
"We decided to make the squad younger and we tried to get the best full-backs possible".
But after Otamendi pounced from a couple of yards out to smash the ball into the net, the entire complexion of the International Champions Cup encounter changed.
"Of course it's good for the confidence, to see the players with this intensity at this level".
"But it's just pre-season".
"The result is nothing important. It's the way we try to fight for each other which is the most important thing for our future".
There was little hint of such a big win for City during the first half after Real had been in the ascendancy, with some eye-catching play in midfield. Isco, in particular, persistently stretched the City back-line with his range of passing.