The Premier League champions returned from the global break in style at the Etihad Stadium.
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.
Leroy Sane, handed his first Manchester City start of the season, underlined the strength in depth Pep Guardiola has at his disposal during the Premier League champions' comfortable 3-0 win over Fulham at the Etihad on Saturday (Sep 15).
"When I don't like one player, at the end of the season I go to the club and say I don't want to work with that guy if it's possible and I want to change them".
"We can not forget he is 22 years old". He is 21, 22 years old and this kind of thing. a little bit up and down, happens at that age.
"Sometimes he has to realise for himself, like a professional (what) he has to do - (I am) delighted for his performance".
Bernardo Silva staked his claim for a place even more emphatically, earning the man-of-the-match award after pulling the strings with aplomb on Saturday.
Unai Emery's men scored the first goal in the 11th minute of play through Shkodran Mustafi who was superbly set up by Granit Xhaka. "He is an example".
- Fulham have won none of their last 10 Premier League meetings with reigning champions, drawing two and losing eight.
'He jumped and fell down and felt something, ' Guardiola said.
"He could play but after 3-0, no risk". We'll see how he recovers tomorrow'.
Fulham remains on four points.
"Our journey is not complete and we have more targets to fulfil".
It's nice to get going again after the World Cup - we only got 12 days off.
Fulham, whose attacking play showed moments of promise, finally forced Ederson into a couple of saves from shots by Andre Schurrle. It's not just long balls and channels, they want to make their own game.
"It's a challenge for all of them and it's a challenge for me, the manager, to keep the level and it's a challenge for the players to keep their level and compete with their mates".
"We didn't find our best level or our flawless level, and without this level at this place it is not easy to play football".