Fulham 0 City 2: Extended highlights
On a glorious West London early afternoon, City began like a team looking to put the game to bed at the earliest opportunity with Fulham pinned back in their own area from the kick-off.
Sergio Aguero saw an early chance saved by Sergio Rico on four minutes, but it felt inevitable that it wouldn’t be long before the Blues scored – and just two minutes later, that’s exactly what happened.
Aguero found Bernardo on the right of the box and the Portuguese breezed past a couple of challenges before drilling a low, left-foot shot past Rico to put the defending champions firmly in control.
How Fulham didn’t fall further behind in the minutes that followed is a mystery with Kevin De Bruyne, Aguero and Sterling all going close.
Fulham were guilty of staying too deep and overplaying with their poor distribution causing self-inflicted problems time and time again.
And it was another error, this time from full-back Joe Bryan, that led to City doubling the lead on 27 minutes.
Bernardo collected the mis-hit pass from Bryan before sliding a short pass to Aguero who moved the ball to the right before sending a delightful chip over Rico and into the net for his 30th goal of the season.
It was perfect timing with the hosts just starting to put one or two decent moves together.
The Blues almost added a third goal just before the break when Bernardo held the ball up on the right before spotting Ilkay Gundogan’s clever run and the German fizzed a rising shot inches past the post.
Aguero was subbed just before the hour, presumably having felt a twinge of some kind and was replaced by Gabriel Jesus.
There was a gentler pace to the second-half, with Fulham defending better and the Blues weren’t afforded the same amount space to wreak havoc.
Kyle Walker came close to adding a third on 81 minutes when he raced on to Sterling’s pass before smashing a rising hot off the outside of the post.