The Premier League champions put seven past Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup in midweek before outgunning Hull in the Premier League on Saturday.
Next up is Roma in the Champions League tomorrow when, in all likelihood, goals will be harder to come by. But City have shown their teeth. They know they can score and, after a run of four fixtures without a victory, they’ve remembered how to win.
“There is still more to come from us, I think,” David Silva, the City playmaker, said.
“We are not quite at the level we reached last year, when we were better, but with every game that goes we are getting better and better and closer to our very best. We have to keep going forward because we have a good team and a great squad, with lots of good players.”
As if to mark the shift back to the serious stuff, Joe Hart will return to keep goal after Willy Caballero’s two-match outing. Manuel Pellegrini’s team were beaten by Bayern Munich in their first match and can ill afford to drop points at home to last season’s Serie A runners-up, who are likely to include Ashley Cole.
“It’s a crucial game because Roma won their first match and we lost, so it’s important at home to win our first three points,” Pellegrini said.
“It will be a very tough group and we cannot drop points here at home. It’s very important for us to win that game.
“I hope that the team will play the same way as we have this week. I’m very happy with all the performances, against Chelsea, against Sheffield Wednesday and on Saturday.
“I hope we can continue to stay in the same way.”
While the goals were flowing with ease, City could have done with a less strenuous workout than the one they endured at the KC Stadium, but they only had themselves – or rather Eliaquim Mangala — to blame.
The French defender scored an own goal an conceded a penalty, which was converted by Abel Hernandez, to allow Hull to wipe out the two-goal lead the visitors established after 11 minutes via Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko.
Hull deserve credit for taking their chances and making a game of it, but, to Mangala’s relief, the champions proved too strong.
Yaya Toure hit the post before Silva set up a second for Dzeko and substitute Frank Lampard sealed the deal with a goal three minutes from time. It was the 36-year-old’s fourth in three games for his new club. Few associated with City will have been more relieved than Mangala, who was making his second appearance for his new club after joining for £32m from Porto in the summer.
City captain Vincent Kompany told his central defensive partner to forget it and move on.
“It’s part of being a defender,” Kompany said. “If your children ever choose to play football, sign them up as strikers and then this won’t happen to them.
“There’s no harm done. It’s part of the game. Sometimes you say ‘get these things out of the way early’.
“As a defender, it’s a bit like being a goalkeeper, you kind of know these things will happen to you. You just never know when. It’s an honest error. There’s nothing wrong with it and it will happen again to me, to him to anyone else. That’s just the nature of it.
“I can mention the own goal I scored at Fulham last year. I think that is still on a few trailers for Sky Sports.”
Hull manager Steve Bruce knows a thing or two about defending but at the moment it looks like his players do not share that knowledge. In two seasons with former Manchester United defender Bruce at the helm, Hull have been hard to beat but they have shipped 13 goals in their last five matches.
“I made no secret that we got into the Premier League by having defensive skills as a team,” Bruce said. “I’m not just talking about the defence — you’ve got to defend as a team.
“It’s ok blaming back fours and goalkeepers but can you defend as a team? We’ve got to do that better.
“Who knows, we might go back to playing what we did so successfully and play 3-5-2. Maybe it’s the right time.”
HULL CITY (4-4-2): McGregor 6; Rosenior 6, Davies 6, Dawson 6, Robertson 7 (Brady, 82mins); Elmohamady 7, Huddlestone 6, Diame 7, Livermore 6 (Ramierez, 78mins); Jelavic 7, Hernandez 6 (Ben Arfa 78).
MANCHESTER CITY (4-2-3-1): Caballero 6; Zabaleta 7, Kompany 6, Mangala 4, Clichy 7 – Toure 5, Fernandinho 5 (Navas, 65); Milner 7, SILVA 8 (Demichelis, 77mins), Aguero 7 (Lampard, 71mins, 7); Dzeko 7.
Referee: Anthony Taylor.