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Manchester City put Fulham to the sword with straightforward win

16 September 2018

City will now turn their attention to a Champions League tie with Lyon, whereas Fulham will look to return to winning ways at home to Watford next weekend.

City were able to drop down a gear without surrendering any of their control over the game, and they continued to create chances too with Sterling and Jesus both failing to hit the target.

Last year, the club became the only English club to get more than a 100 points in a season.

"I've always said that I'd like to play for Las Palmas - my local team". "It was also a good game today and we won, we played a good game".

After Pep Guardiola's Man City side swept past all in front of them a year ago in the Premier League, becoming the first team in the the league's history to break the 100-point barrier, comparisons have been made with his dominant Barcelona side at the start of the decade.

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"But we can not forget, sometimes this kind of thing happens".

"Sometimes he has to realise for himself, like a professional (what) he has to do - (I am) delighted for his performance".

Guardiola was understandably upbeat after seeing off Fulham easily on an afternoon when man-of-the-match Bernardo Silva acted as the puppet master. "He deserves to play all the minutes he plays", said Guardiola, adding that Bernardo's attitude was exemplary during the periods when he was restricted to the bench.

"Something in the ankle, when he fell down, he felt something". We will see tomorrow how he wakes up. "It was never going to be an easy day for us".

"How we start the game, how we start the second half, it didn't make it easy for ourselves fighting for something positive".

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City were hardly tested despite a committed effort from promoted Fulham.

In the Champions League final of 2011, they ran rings around a Manchester United team that could barely get near them for 90 minutes, with Lionel Messi at his imperious best.

"At the end, the result is completely fair".

So, does the potential of this record-breaking City team show any signs that they could beat that great Barcelona side of 2011?

But Fulham bowed to the inevitable in the 21st minute after more outstanding play from Bernardo who held off Stefan Johansen's strong challenge and pulled the ball back for Sergio Aguero whose effort was blocked by Odoi. It's not easy for us to match this level.

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Manchester City put Fulham to the sword with straightforward win