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

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Pep Guardiola has said Leroy Sane must face down the challenge posed within Manchester City?s deep and talented squad if he is to win back his starting place with the Premier League champions.

And Bernardo is no doubt that the young German winger, who was voted as the PFA Young Player of the Season last term, will be a key figure again this time round.

The Brazilian strode forward into the Fulham area and timed his cross perfectly, beating Bettinelli's dive and playing in Sane who tapped the ball in from six yards.

"I give a lot of credit to Fulham, Fulham ask a lot from us, from them because they want to play", he said.

Manchester City's quest to break into the European elite hit a symbolic mark on Thursday when the club announced record revenues of £500.5m in their 2017-18 annual report.

Sane, Sterling and David Silva were the scorers on Saturday, and they are still favourites to retain the title.

But after his country's round-of-16 exit from the World Cup in July, Silva flew to the United States to play in the International Champions Cup - the only World Cup player to do so for City.

A superb piece of midfield skill from Bernardo Silva played Sterling clean through on goal only for the England worldwide to strike the crossbar. Andre Schurrle did threaten from distance but City goalkeeper Ederson tipped over.

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I'd like to emphasise that this isolated incident does not correspond with what I have always shown throughout my career". The important thing is that the team wins.

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.

Raheem Sterling put the match out of Fulham's reach just two minutes into the second half as Sergio Aguero set him up for the simplest of finishes.

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

"I don't know how many days he will be out", said the Spaniard, whose side play Lyon in the Champions League on Wednesday.

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

- Fulham have registered their second worst start to a Premier League campaign after five games (4pts, -5 goal difference); only bettering 2011-2012 (3 pts, -3 goal difference).

"Bernardo Silva? Ah, he's average". I understood when I watched them the reason why they are in the Premier League.

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