Phil Foden gives it back

The half-time whistle blows and Manchester City are 3-0 up against Brighton after playing some terrific football, with Phil Foden netting two goals.

All Foden is interested in though is finding Ruben Dias to have a go at him for something that has just happened that he's really not happy with. That's Foden, the 21-year-old, barking at Dias, the leader at the back that has jumped up to become second captain after just a year at the club.

Dias doesn't take it lying down, making his point in no uncertain terms. Foden walks ahead of the centre-back, puffs out his chest, then comes back for more, covering his mouth to obscure what he is saying but refusing to let his senior teammate have the final word.

Foden is a phenomenon that is getting better and better - he now has four goals and five assists from six starts this season - but if he is already becoming a leader in the team that is even more remarkable. And for anyone who questions the hunger of this team, wanting more from each other at 3-0 after 45 minutes is an emphatic shutdown.

Gundogan maintains incredible run

Ilkay Gundogan hadn't started in over a month but continued his amazing run in front of goal.

Opta reported that only Mo Salah (16) and Harry Kane (15) have more Premier League goals than Gundogan's 13 in 2021, which is incredible considering both that he plays in central midfield but also that he has not played in every game.

Guardiola spoke this week of the collective effort without a natural striker, but some options are better than others and it can only bode well for City's goals column to have Gundogan and his awareness in the box fit again.

City fans enjoy their away day

It was a momentous milestone for City, marking ten years to the day since their famous 6-1 victory over noisy neighbours United.

So dominant were the Blues on the pitch in Brighton that the away end could make sure their song about that game got plenty of choruses and there was even some Poznaning going on while their team was defending a corner.

It was a long old trek down to the south coast - particularly for those that were in Belgium a few days ago - and it was a nice reward for their efforts to see such a stonkingly good performance from Guardiola's side.

Guardiola wingers pay off

The wings are the most competitive places in the City team, and Riyad Mahrez in particular has a lot of supporters who are not at all happy when he doesn't play.

Jack Grealish was under pressure despite this being his 11th start in 13 games since moving from Villa, with the £100m man short of goals and assists in recent weeks. Gabriel Jesus had a point to prove too on his first appearance since before the international break.

Both were excellent, leaving a happy manager that would have to put up with being praised for his team selection.

Kit still forgettable

Sometimes a kit looks better on the players in a stadium than it does when it is first launched.

Not this one, which has seemingly no redeeming features.

It might not be terrible as a training top or casual wear, but it isn't a football kit.