Manchester City tore by means of Marseille in France to safe a 3-Zero victory from their second Champions League group recreation.
The Residents have been sensational within the second half at West Ham United on Saturday afternoon and picked up the place they left off immediately on the Stade Velodrome.
Summer time signing Ferran Torres, who scored in opposition to Porto on matchday one, grew to become the second City participant to attain in his first two Champions League video games for the membership, after Mario Balotelli in 2011.
With Sergio Aguero sat at house nursing an damage, it was Torres who led the road and opened the scoring when Marseille folded below the press of the guests and the Spaniard poked house.
Pep Guardiola needed to wait till the 75th minute to make the sport secure when Phil Foden’s looking cross was headed again throughout the objective for Ilkay Gundogan to seal all three factors.
Kevin De De Bruyne was sensational within the south of France and appears to carry out at an excellent greater degree when carrying the captain’s armband, establishing Raheem Sterling to faucet house earlier than the tip for a 3rd.
Since he made his City debut in September 2015, De Bruyne has assisted 88 targets in all competitions; 19 greater than some other Premier League participant in that point.
The Belgium midfielder and his teammates haven’t appeared this constantly good arguably since they received the Premier League title again in 2018.
With defending champions Liverpool struggling additional damage points on the again throughout their win over FC Midtjylland at Anfield, there might nicely be a Blue Moon rising as soon as once more.
Marseille boss Andre Villas-Boas, maybe drawing encouragement from Lyon’s defeat of City in final season’s quarter-finals, set out with a plan to sit down deep with a five-man defence.
However in contrast to on that evening in Lisbon in August, City have been sharp and eager to get on the entrance foot.
The guests received a sequence of corners within the opening minutes and the fit-again Kevin De Bruyne volleyed over and had one other effort blocked. Phil Foden additionally examined goalkeeper Steve Mandanda earlier than City took a deserved lead on 18 minutes.
De Bruyne discovered himself in clear area behind the Marseille defence after a mistake by Valentin Rongier and calmly squared for a equally unmarked Torres to faucet house.
City continued to dominate and went near a second when a well-struck shot throughout objective from Oleksandr Zinchenko shaved the surface of the submit.
Marseille supplied little till a long-range effort from Nemanja Radonjic 4 minutes earlier than the break however it was comfortably claimed by Ederson.
The one disappointment for City on the break was that they’d not transformed their possession into extra targets.
That will have given Marseille encouragement they usually threatened early within the second half as former Newcastle striker Florian Thauvin was denied by a mix of Ederson and submit.
However that solely opened up the sport extra and it performed into City’s arms as Sterling got here into his personal on the fitting. The England ahead first raced in on objective solely to be denied by a fantastic Jordan Amavi sort out after which teed up Gundogan to shoot at Mandanda.
That mixture then got here good to double City’s lead with 14 minutes remaining as Sterling headed down a Foden cross and Gundogan completed from shut vary.
City weren’t completed there they usually claimed a 3rd moments later as Riyad Mahrez launched De Bruyne and his inch-perfect ball was turned in by Sterling.