Manchester City laid on an attacking masterclass as they extinguished any concerns of a European hangover to blow away Cardiff City in style with five magnificent goals, as Pep Guardiola’s side strolled to victory in south Wales. A breathtaking away performance left the hosts exasperated, with Sergio Agüero opening the scoring on his 300th appearance for City, before goals from Bernardo Silva, Ilkay Gündogan and a double by Riyad Mahrez, his first goals for the club since his £60m move from Leicester City, completed the rout.
This was City’s 10th Premier League win in 12 matches and, as Neil Warnock had said before kick-off, thank God his side only have to play them twice this season. For Cardiff, this was a chastening, harrowing experience. By half-time, at which point City had rampaged into a three-goal lead, it was already a case of damage limitation. Long before the final whistle, Guardiola’s side stroked the ball around at will.