Manchester City put Fulham to the sword with straightforward win

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They didn't have a scoreboard when I first came - a man used to come around with a blackboard with the score on it!

Moments later, after a lightning City break and Leroy Sane's simple finish, Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli was fishing the ball from the back of his net. "Last season I said if I stay here, this guy will stay here because he is special", added the City manager.

David Silva made it 2-0 when his powerful shot crashed in off the underside of the crossbar after excellent work from the outstanding Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva. Last season's PFA Young Player of the Year had endured a trying four months in which he was also omitted from Germany's World Cup squad.

In different ways, Pep Guardiola and Fabian Delph were discussing Bernardo Silva's maturity.


Now substitute has been reinvented as starter, Silva's latest sparkling display coming in Saturday's 3-0 win over Fulham.

"It is nearly impossible to be more pleased as a manager with him", said Guardiola.

Apart from Manchester City, clubs like Liverpool and Chelsea are strongly challenging for the trophy this season. "So I think I am not concerned for one second [with he idea that] we deserve more credit for the Champions League". They have good players - [Jean Michael] Seri, and players in the front like [Aleksandar] Mitrovic.

"I've always said that I'd like to play for Las Palmas - my local team".


"They are maybe angrier than me", he said and, although he insisted he had no fear that the team might be complacent after achieving 100 points last season, he hopes this will act as a wake-up call with City's Champions League campaign starting at home against Lyon on Wednesday. "It feels that we are only halfway up our Everest", the billionaire said as he reflected on the past decade and, spelling out his vision for the future, declared that there was "much more to win".

The pensioners will sit pitchside but will not lead the teams out - they will leave that to Vera's great grandsons Max Goldsmith, 10, and Sammy Goldsmith, 4. "I don't know how many days [he will be] out".

"It's a challenge for all of them and it's a challenge for me, the manager, to keep the level and it's a challenge for the players to keep their level and compete with their mates".


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