Premier League 2017/18: Manchester City 7-2 Stoke City, 5 talking points
Five talking points from a game where the Citizens trampled the Potters.
With an exciting international break coming to an end, the Premier League returned with Gameweek 8 and a host of goals for the fans to savour. Manchester United against Liverpool was the match people had been eagerly waited for.
However, a 0-0 draw at Anfield left the fans bored and disappointed before noisy neighbours Manchester City gifted the Premier League fans an afternoon to remember. Pep Guardiola's men were on fire at home as they humiliated Stoke City with a landslide 7-2 victory.
Here are five talking points from the exciting game as Manchester City moved two points clear of rivals Manchester United at the top of the table.
#5 A helpless Stoke City
On a fine afternoon at the Etihad, Mark Hughes travelled to his former clubs with an expectation to put up a tough test for his former Barcelona teammate Pep Guardiola. Considering their last visit to Manchester in March, the 0-0 draw might have been a faint glimmer of hope for the Potters to achieve firm ground against the heavyweights.
With no love lost for Mark Hughes at the Etihad, Guardiola's men were quick to inflict the pain on the former City boss with 3 goals inside the half-hour mark.
Diouf looked like the saviour after pulling one back in the dying minutes of the first half and another at the start of the second, but that was all the Potters would witness from their attackers.
City ran riot after Diouf's scare, netting an incredible four goals as Guardiola and team left the stadium with wide smiles on their faces.
Stoke failed to keep possession of the ball, appearing helpless against City's aggressive pressing gameplay. Add a couple of individual errors to that and the result is a humongous 7-goal humiliation. A lack of healthy midfield performance was responsible for Shaqiri, Rodriguez and Choupo-Moting remaining largely ineffective in the game.