Man City fans aged 102 and 97 to be mascots against Fulham

Rex Christensen
September 16, 2018

The brilliant David Silva doubled the hosts' lead before the break, with Raheem Sterling all but securing the win two minutes into the second half.

The German worldwide claimed an early opening goal before further efforts from David Silva and Raheem Sterling maintained City's unbeaten start to the campaign in effortless fashion.

"We had a problem with Sergio Aguero, he got injured in the first half and we didn't want to take a risk", he said.

But Guardiola was happy with the win and predicts that the Cottagers will take points off City's title rivals.

City were originally hopeful that last season's star player would be back by the end of November but, according to the Daily Star, De Bruyne could now make his return against United at the Etihad in under a month's time.

There was more wayward finishing from the Brazil striker as City's forwards queued up to get in on the act, with Bernardo Silva blazing over in the 81st minute to miss out on the goal his wonderful efforts merited.

'But we started with the mindset that we needed to be on the front foot.

Ederson beat away a couple of Andre Schurrle strikes as Fulham retained their attacking intent, but the visitors were indebted to stunning Bettinelli stops from Sterling and Sane before half-time.

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And it's fair to say that the result is emphatic in favour of the great Barcelona side of 2011.

The two-goal margin flattered Fulham at half time, but City wasted no time in making the scoreline more representative of their utter dominance with a goal nearly immediately after the restart.

Bernardo Silva staked his claim for a place even more emphatically, earning the man-of-the-match award after pulling the strings with aplomb on Saturday.

Man City had other numerous chances to score, but could not convert the opportunities as the two Silvas David and Bernardo continued to pull the strings, for Etihad dwellers.

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.

"Our journey is not complete and we have more targets to fulfil". He finished good the first half and the second half started a little bit uncomfortable.

The Premier League match between Man City and Fulham will be broadcast live on NBC Sports.

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