Manchester City were in a rampant mood after romping to an emphatic 6-1 triumph away to Aston Villa on Sunday evening.
Four changes from City saw Ederson return in goal with Joao Cancelo, John Stones and Sergio Aguero also starting, while Danny Drinkwater made his debut for Villa after completing a loan move from Chelsea.
Riyad Mahrez handed City the lead on 18 minutes after skipping past Drinkwater on the right to find the near post with a check from the Video Assistant Referee approving the strike.
The Algerian compounded Villa’s misery at the midway mark with a first-time finish in the area after the ball hobbled in the six-yard box.
Villa’s evening just worsened on 28 minutes as their defence back-tracked to allow Aguero a thumping top corner finish with an equally thumping strike from the edge of the area.
City entered halftime with a fourth after Gabriel Jesus tapped in from the far side following a pin-point square delivery from Kevin De Bruyne.
The champions returned from halftime with the same momentum as the first, as Aguero maintained composure outside the area to drill a low ball into the bottom corner on 57 minutes.
Jesus should’ve had a double just like his strike partners, but the Brazilian chose to strike a low cross from the right by David Silva wide of target.
Aguero completed his 16th hat-trick for City with a thumping finish from the right side of the area with ten minutes to go following poor defending from Villa.
The Clarets netted a consolation from the spot in added time through Anwar El Ghazi after Mahmoud Trezeguet went down from IIkay Gundogan’s challenge, but the damage was already done.