He is small, but he is wow - Guardiola champions Bernardo Silva

He is small, but he is wow - Guardiola champions Bernardo Silva

Manchester City have continued their unbeaten start to their Premier League title defence with a convincing 3-0 win over Fulham at the Etihad Stadium this afternoon. He was completely left out of the squad in the final game before the two-week global break.

Fulham were fortunate to escape further damage as Bernardo Silva had a good effort deflected wide and Fernandinho narrowly missed the target with a thunderous strike.

Sane, 23, left the Germany camp for the birth of his daughter, Rio Stella, last week and on Saturday made his first Premier League start of the season, taking just 97 seconds to open the scoring. One particular passage of play, with a delectable piece of chest control, some impromptu juggling and a defence-splitting pass to release Raheem Sterling, who then hit the bar, was worthy of the Belgian.

The Portugal worldwide played more centrally than he is used to, yet he seemed to thrive in a Kevin De Bruyne-like role, nearly setting up Raheem Sterling early on, before then playing a vital role in David Silva's goal to make it 2-0 in the 21st minute.

However, coach Pep Guardiola said they could have scored more goals and they must be more clinical in front of the goal.

In the week that David Silva, City's long-standing midfield genius, hinted that he might not renew a contract that expires in 2020, when he turns 35, here was the bountiful promise of a potential new bearer of the creative flame. He returned to score inside two minutes against Fulham.

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Bernardo Silva had a goalbound shot deflected behind soon after, while substitute Gabriel Jesus saw a near-post effort well saved by Bettinelli as City threatened a rout.

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"This is the Champions League", he said.

Jesus spurned a couple of opportunities but then did well to hold up play and set up Bernardo Silva, only for the midfielder to shoot well over.

Despite going gown early, Fulham refuse to be intimidated by City's attacking threat and on the 20th minute, they nearly benefitted from Schurrle's run but after doing well to find Vietto, he took too long to makes a decision, allowing City defenders to fall back in shape.

The buildup to the goal was a beauty mixed with a string of passes.

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