It marked a scoring return to action for the Germany worldwide and reigning PFA Young Player of the Year - a welcome boost after recent questions over the Germany international's focus. "Last season I said if I stay here, this guy will stay here because he is special", added the City manager.
The Premier League champion wasled onto the pitch at Etihad Stadium by 102-year-old Vera Cohen and her sister, 97-year-old Olga Halon.
Bernardo was thwarted when trying to cap his man-of-the-match display with a goal when he saw his effort blocked moments later, and it quickly became clear that Fulham had made no changes to their approach during the interval.
However, coach Pep Guardiola said they could have scored more goals and they must be more clinical in front of the goal.More news: Eliud Kipchoge smashes marathon world record by 78 seconds in Berlin
With that Barcelona team possessing arguably the greatest player to ever grace the game in Lionel Messi, and the outstanding midfield duo of the generation in Xaxi and Iniesta, it's hard to make a strong case for City playing against this side.
"I don't forget the behaviour he has last season".
Sane, 22, has not started a game for City this season and has played just 75 minutes in their opening fixtures. "He is an example".
Manchester City are determined to retain the coveted English Premier League trophy this season.
"He could play but after 3-0, no risk". When he fell down, he felt something. We will see tomorrow how he wakes up.More news: Dybala tipped to leave Juventus in January
Man City host Fulham on Saturday in what will be the first match between the sides since March 2014.
'It's nice to get going again after the World Cup - we only got 12 days off, ' the England global said.
"Most of the developments visible today are the result of a carefully crafted strategy - one in which organic evolution has also been allowed to thrive", said Khaldoon Al Mubarak, the chairman of City Football Group, which administers the club under the ownership of Abu Dhabi United Group. He finished good the first half and the second half started a little bit uncomfortable.
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.
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