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English clubs enjoy insane opening five minutes in tonight's Champions League games

English clubs enjoy insane opening five minutes in tonight's Champions League games

Defender John Stones bagged an unlikely brace while Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus grabbed a goal apiece.

There was a sense last season that Kevin De Bruyne was struggling with Pep Guardiola's demands.

Stones' second just after the hour wrapped up the victory and left City looking strong already in Group F ahead of back-to-back home games against Shakhtar Donetsk and Napoli.

Pep Guardiola's side controlled the away tie from start to finish, and Giovanni van Bronckhorst's men never once looked to threaten the Premier League contenders.

Speaking alongside Belgian playmaker De Bruyne, Stones said: "I don't get on the score-sheet too much but I'm trying to bring more goals to my game".

City will not earn that respect on nights such as this, easing to big wins against limited opposition, but they did what they had to do with efficiency and style.

The Premier League club had 24 shots on goal while their opponents had just seven - and scored from the two that were on target.

Another short corner between David Silva and Kevin De Brunye opened up space for Stones in the penalty area and City's Belgian talisman picked out Stones perfectly, the England worldwide powering the ball past Jones in the Feyenoord goal. Ex-Watford winger Steven Berghuis tested the battle-scarred Ederson with a tame effort before the Brazilian keeper showed quick reflexes to deny Michiel Kramer - the Dutch striker tasked with stepping in for the injured Nicolai Jørgensen.

"I'm talking for myself - I can't speak about the other four teams in the Champions League - if we don't win or make a good performance it will be a miss, a failure", he told a news conference, when asked about using workload as a potential excuse. "We'll see about Vincent in the next weeks, but he'll soon be fighting with his team-mates to play".

That intelligence and sight of the pitch is why De Bruyne's first professional coach Hein Vanhaezebrouck compared him to Guardiola's hero and mentor Johann Cruyff.

On top of that, the pair started against Feyenoord in City's first game of this year's Champions League, both getting on the scoresheet in the 4-0 dismantling of the Dutch champions.

Although they beat Manchester United 1-0 at home in the Europa League group stage, City are a far more expansive team with a wealth of attacking talent, whether Guardiola chooses his starters or reserves.