Swansea City 1-3 Manchester City: Sergio Aguero at the double and Raheem Sterling finds the net as Pep Guardiola makes it a perfect 10
- Sergio Aguero scored twice and Raheem Sterling once as Manchester City won 3-1 at Swansea
- Aguero gave City the lead after nine minutes before Fernando Llorente equalised for the hosts
- The Argentine then scored from the spot before Sterling added the third with a good finish
- Pep Guardiola has now won all 10 of his opening 10 matches in charge of Manchester City
- But there was concern for the Spaniard after key midfielder Kevin De Bruyne went off injured
The question now is who can stop this wrecking machine, which so far this season has destroyed all in its path at home and in Europe.
To Swansea's immense credit, and a significant level of surprise, they gave it a good go here. But just like the first nine opponents that found themselves bludgeoned out of Manchester City's way, the Welsh were also pushed aside with rude force eventually.
Sergio Aguero scored two goals as Manchester City won 3-1 away at Francesco Guidolin's Swansea
Raheem Sterling had the final say as he slotted the ball past Lukasz Fabianski to make it 3-1 to Manchester City
Pep Guardiola has now won all 10 of his games in charge since taking charge of Manchester City in the summer
But there was an element of concern of Guardiola after Kevin De Bruyne was taken off after suffering an injury
Fernando Llorente had equalised for hosts Swansea but his goal was all in vain as City came back to win the match
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With it, Guardiola has 10 wins from 10 games in all competitions and also equalled a little piece of history in matching Carlo Ancelotti as the first manager to win his first six Premier League matches.
Even against the elevated standards of a manager who has won so much in his life, that is a brilliant start. With Celtic, Tottenham, Everton and Barcelona as their next four fixtures, only Everton of which will be faced at home, some serious effort will need to go into preserving that flawless run.
For now, the signs are good, particularly when Aguero is in the sort of mood he is currently in. He put City ahead after nine minutes here with a brilliant goal and the Argentine restored their advantage from the penalty spot after a fine equaliser from Fernando Llorente. Those two goals take him to 11 in six games in all competitions, which is simply incredible.
The two managers, Pep Guardiola of Manchester City and Francesco Guidolin of Swansea meet on the touchline in Wales
Bacary Sagna does well to beat Gylfi Sigurdsson to the ball during the early stages of the game at the Liberty Stadium
It wasn't long before the visitors took the lead as Sergio Aguero fired the ball home past goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski
Argentine striker Sergio Aguero turns away to celebrate with the City fans after giving his side the lead at Swansea
Then there's Raheem Sterling, the butt of so many jokes in the past year and even more here where he was frequently called a 'waste of money' by the crowd. The problem for Swansea, and others, is that he is increasingly looking like having the last laugh. He scored City's third of this match and with it offered a broad hint that his confidence is coming back.
Truly, there is a lot for Guardiola to be excited about, particularly when it is considered that this was one of City's less impressive performances. In truth Swansea were their match for 65 minutes, which is relevant in its own right as Francesco Guidolin is a manager in desperate need of positive performances.
The Swansea board are considering their options, which includes hiring Ryan Giggs, and that is the legacy of such poor performances in the early part of this season. But from nowhere, they frequently looked impressive here, especially in their application and effort which, shamefully, has been lacking in other matches.
The Manchester City players mob goalscorer Aguero after the striker gave Guardiola's side an early lead at Swansea
Fabianski has to dive full length to claim the ball inside his area as he comes under pressure from Raheem Sterling
City had won in all nine of Guardiola's opening games in charge, but they were pegged back by Swansea's Fernando Llorente
The Spaniard fired the ball home with his left foot before celebrating alongside team-mate Wayne Routledge
In this one, they pressed, hassled and stood toe-to-toe for much of the match. Even the curious decision to field Kyle Naughton, a right back, on the left, seemed to work.
But they found themselves behind after nine minutes and there was not much they could do about it either. Quality can do that.
Bacary Sagna had fed Aguero with a low cross from the right, but the striker was still 14 yards from goal with Mike van der Hoorn and Amat at touching distance. With one excellent touch both defenders were gone and Aguero had a clean strike on the target. His shot went through Lukasz Fabianski's legs and City were doing what City do.
Raheem Sterling spreads his arms wide as he looks to control the ball in the middle of midfield in south Wales
Claudio Bravo of Manchester City punches the ball away as he comes under pressure from Swansea's Routledge
Bravo, signed because he's good with his feet, comes out and skips away from Icelandic midfielder Sigurdsson
Mike van der Hoorn was the man penalised as Manchester City were awarded a penalty, after a foul on De Bruyne
That, typically, has been the cue for a blitz. Not this time. Swansea kept pushing, kept hassling, kept forcing mistakes. In one instance, Naughton had a shot saved by Claudio Bravo, in another Sigurdsson had one blocked. A side with distinctly questionable temperament this season finally showed some backbone.
The leveller, after 13 minutes, was excellent, Llorente capitalising on Sagna's slip and launching a strike into the top corner.
But after 65 minutes Van der Hoorn tussled with Kevin De Bruyne, who was heading across goal, and in that battle the Dutchman raised an arm and caught the City player in the face. Neil Swarbrick ruled it was a penalty and Guidolin, normally so placid, approached something of a rage. Aguero chipped his penalty down the middle and past Fabianski and Guardiola even left his seat to celebrate.
Leroy Fer of Swansea City argues with Niel Swarbrick after he awarded a penalty after a foul on Kevin De Bruyne
Aguero has concentration in his eyes as he stepped up and beat Fabianski from the spot to double City's lead
The Argentine's penalty was a cute one as he placed the ball superbly down the middle, beating keeper Fabianski
A counter-attack then set Sterling free and he rounded Naughton and beat Fabianski for his fourth of an impressive season. Guardiola clapped; Guidolin finally had something to cling to.
'The performance was perfect in my opinion,' he said. 'We were the same level of Man City who are the best team in the Premier League.
'Life continues and tomorrow is another day. I am optimistic and confident for the future.'
City have far more reason to feel the same way.
But that wasn't the end of the scoring, as Raheem Sterling slotted past goalkeeper Fabianski to make it 3-1 to City
The goal at the Liberty Stadium was Sterling's fourth of the season after two against West Ham and one against Bournemouth
The Manchester City players celebrate in front of the away fans at the Liberty Stadium after Sterling completed the scoring