There could have been many more goals, but while they opened up Fulham with some ease, City were unable to fully punish them.
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.
"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.
Manchester City went with an extremely experienced lineup - with its mascots - for its English Premier League match against Fulham on Saturday.
Asked if the Argentina striker would be fit for City's Champions League clash with Lyon on Wednesday, he said: "It's something in the ankle".
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.
Fernandinho nearly got in on the act with a fiercely-struck shot which zipped inches past the post with Bettinelli beaten, and the Brazilian midfielder then combined with Sterling to set up Jesus, who again could not find the target. "It feels that we are only halfway up our Everest", the billionaire said as he reflected on the past decade and, spelling out his vision for the future, declared that there was "much more to win".
The hosts' best chance of a fourth goal came nine minutes from time when Jesus latched on to Kyle Walker's pass before teeing up Bernardo, who lacked composure despite being unmarked and blazed his effort well over when he should have done better. Sterling also made way midway through the second half.
Chelsea, Manchester City and Bournemouth were the big winners in Saturday afternoon's Premier League action.