Bernardo Silva the flawless Kevin De Bruyne stand

Marcus Newton
September 19, 2018

It proved to be an ominous snapshot of what was to come as City broke through nearly at will throughout the first half, with the impressive Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero both firing tame efforts on goal.

A year on, De Bruyne's injury has offered him the chance to play regularly as the creative hub of the City midfield and Guardiola was uncharacteristically gushing after Saturday's 3-0 win over Fulham.

Sane, making his first league start for Pep Guardiola's side this term, opened the scoring inside two minutes with a simple tap-in from Fernandinho's pass.

Raheem Sterling wrapped up the points once and for all with another goal at the start of the second half, and City's stranglehold over the game only strengthened as they cruised to the victory.

The two-goal cushion finally arrived midway through the first half - by which point it was already thoroughly deserved - as Silva put the finishing touch to a fluid team move, slamming home from close range for his 50th Premier League goal.

"He can play three, four, five positions but he deserves all my respect", Guardiola said.

However, with two years left on his deal at the club, Silva has revealed that he does not have plans to renew his contract with the Premier League champions.

He said: "Maybe it was the reaction of when the ball got passed to Bernardo and I said it is impossible that he is going to miss it because of his quality but he missed it and I said "wow".

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Fabian Delph filled the left-back spot and is likely to remain in the side for the midweek clash.

Bernardo Silva set up his namesake for City's second as his cross deflected into the path of David Silva, who finished with typical coolness to double the lead after 21 minutes.

"I am happy because I am helping the team and happy because I am playing well", Silva said. We will try to do better this season.

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"Everybody is here because after three seasons I want to work with them and I think they want to work with us". "One of the worst players in the team".

'Everyone knows how important Leroy is for us, he was one of the best players last season, I hope and everyone hopes he can do the same this season, ' he said.

"City have reached the knockout stages of the competition for the last five seasons and many believe this will be their year to win the ultimate club prize", Owen told BetVictor. "They will do a lot of surprises in the Premier League so that's why I give a lot of credit to what we have done".

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