It proved to be an ominous snapshot of what was to come as City broke through nearly at will throughout the first half, with the impressive Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero both firing tame efforts on goal.
There could have been many more goals but while they opened up Fulham with some ease, City were unable to fully punish the London side.
"His body language is the same as last season and he was the best young player in the Premier League".
The reigning Premier League champions are unbeaten in the league this season and will be looking to continue their good form against their newly-promoted opponents.
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Manchester City players celebrate after scoring the second goal during the match against Fulham at Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018.
"At the end, the result is completely fair". The hosts raced out of the blocks and were ahead within two minutes as Sane wasted no time in making a point to his critics.
Having taken the lead 97 seconds into the first half, their third arrived 98 seconds after the interval when Sterling tapped home a simple finish from close range after Aguero had made it impossible to miss with a low ball across the face of goal.
Guardiola was understandably upbeat after seeing off Fulham easily on an afternoon when man-of-the-match Bernardo Silva acted as the puppet master.
There was a blow for City when Aguero limped off ahead of the beginning of their Champions League campaign, but his replacement Gabriel Jesus nearly made an immediate impact, firing off target with his first touch after being found by Silva.
Jesus spurned a couple of opportunities but then did well to hold up play and set up Bernardo Silva, only for the midfielder to shoot well over. "It feels that we are only halfway up our Everest", the billionaire said as he reflected on the past decade and, spelling out his vision for the future, declared that there was "much more to win". He finished good the first half and the second half started a little bit uncomfortable.