City bounced back from the Group A loss to Paris Saint-Germain with a superb performance against Club Brugge.
City were magnificent from start to finish, with the 5-1 victory - if anything - flattering the hosts.
The scoreline equalled our winning margin in a Champions League away game, having beaten Basel and Feyenoord 4-0 - though this is the fi
Joao Cancelo opened the scoring, with Riyad Mahrez doubling the lead before the break.
Mahrez then bagged his second of the night a few minutes later to restore order.
The only slight criticism, if there was any, was the margin of victory wasn't even greater.
City set about their task straight from kick-off and were soon swarming over the Belgians.
Brugge couldn’t handle the trickery and vision of Jack Grealish, Bernardo and Phil Foden in what was an opening battering by the Premier League champions and the writing was on the wall for the hosts who were fortunate to see the offside flag raised after Grealish and Rodrigo both had goals disallowed.
It was total dominance as City’s pressure continued to pin Brugge back and the only surprise was they managed to get to the halfway mark before they finally conceded.
Inevitably, it was the outstanding Foden who finally unpicked the lock with a 40-yard lofted pass finding the run of Cancelo who chested the ball down before calmly poking the ball through Simon Mignolet’s legs.
Two minutes before the break, City got the second goal their dominance thoroughly deserved as De Bruyne stumbled over the ball on the edge of the box and Mahrez looked to take on the opportunity before being hacked down by Nsoko for a clear penalty.
Mahrez calmly sent Mignolet the wrong way to put City in total command.
There was more of the same after the re-start.
Mahrez was having a field day in the right flank and if you allow a player with his technique too much time and space, it will end badly!
Pep Guardiola took the wise decision to rest some tiring legs and it was two of the subs who combined superbly to put City 4-0 up on 67 minutes.
Raheem Sterling scampered down the left flank, looked up and spotted Cole Palmer's run down the middle. picked him out and the youngster controlled the ball before curling it into the left corner of the net - both had been on the pitch for just two minutes.