Preston North End 0-3 Manchester City
Manchester City produced another quick-fire demolition job as they eased past Preston North End 3-0 in the Carabao Cup at Deepdale.
Having hit Watford for five in the league on Saturday before half-time, Pep Guardiola’s strong City selection found the net three times inside the first 45 minutes against their Championship hosts.
A front six of Phil Foden, David Silva, Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus ensured the visitors set out their stall in strong fashion in the first defence of their domestic treble.
City were able to dominate possession, though Preston almost emerged from the opening 20 minutes unscathed.
That changed on 19 minutes when Sterling was on hand to convert from inside the box.
The winger then turned provider on 35 minutes, sliding a pass into the left-hand channel which Jesus clinically dispatched past Connor Ripley in the Preston goal.
More intricate play from the Premier League champions yielded a third goal on the stroke of half time. The diminutive playmaker David Silva attempted to slide the ball across goal for Jesus, but the unfortunate Ryan Ledson got a touch that took the ball looping over Ripley into the net.
Guardiola made his changes after the hour-mark, with Benjamin Mendy, Adrian Bernabe and Riyad Mahrez all introduced.
Jesus cannoned the crossbar with a fine effort from outside the box, while the Brazilian was also foiled by Ripley with a decent stop.
City moved the ball around at will, albeit with the same energy as in the opening 45 minutes. Preston, for their efforts, managed just two shots on target across the 90 minutes. After seeing Watford thumped on Saturday, the second-tier side will have been glad to come out relatively unscathed.