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Manchester City continue their unbeaten start to the new Premier League season courtesy of a convincing 3-0 victory over Fulham at the Etihad Stadium.

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.

But he needed just 98 seconds to help City take control of the game, although Fulham's undoing was largely self-inflicted, from a Marcus Bettinelli clearance...

Jean Michael Seri's intended pass to Cyrus Christie was intercepted by Fernandinho who raced through before squaring the ball to Leroy Sane, who was left with an easy tap-in to celebrate the birth of his daughter.

From there, Bernardo Silva's cross was turned home by Silva, who was netting his 50th Premier League goal. He came from France to England, and even for me, I needed a period to know, to understand a little bit, and everything about the way we wanted to play and in the way that we are aggressive without the ball, sometimes we need more time.

Hit the video to watch City's epic passing move.

With Kevin De Bruyne out injured, Bernardo Silva revelled in a central midfield role, orchestrating much of City's good play.

Silva's goal epitomised their approach.

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But Mourinho hasn't made too many changes ahead of his side's Champions League group opener against the Swiss champions. Marcus Rashford is line to start, meanwhile, with the striker set to accompany Romelu Lukaku in attack.

Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic said: "The result is completely fair".

Fernandinho nearly got in on the act with a fiercely-struck shot which zipped inches past the post with Bettinelli beaten, and the Brazilian midfielder then combined with Sterling to set up Jesus, who again could not find the target.

The victory keeps defending champion City within two points of early leaders Liverpool and Chelsea, which both maintained ideal starts to the season.

The game was put to bed as a contest early in the second half, when Sergio Aguero made a brilliant run from wide right, before laying the ball on a plate for Raheem Sterling to convert and consequently shift City's focus to European football in midweek.

"It's nice to get going again after the World Cup - we only got 12 days off", the England worldwide said.

And with City hosting Lyon in their first Group F game on Wednesday, ahead of pool fixtures with Hoffenheim and Shakhtar Donetsk, Guardiola laid out his Champions League demands.

- Leroy Sane has had a hand in 18 goals in his last 16 Premier League games at the Etihad Stadium (6 goals, 12 assists).

There is no shortage of prime attacking talent in this City side, but Portugal star Bernardo Silva was in irresistible form as his inventive playmaking, clever movement and velvet touch led Fulham a merry dance.

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