The Warmdown: City outclass Brugge in dominant victory
 Cole Palmer midfielder of Manchester City celebrates scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League Group stage - Group A match between Club Brugge and Manchester City FC at the Jan Breydel stadium on October 19, 2021 in Brugge, Belgium , 19/10/2021 ( Photo by Vincent Kalut / Photo News via Getty Images)

It was a staggering performance from Manchester City on Tuesday night, as they made their position in group A more comfortable with a 5-1 mauling over Club Brugge.

A truly remarkable performance from the Citizens

The football was truly outstanding from Pep Guardiola's men in the third Champions League group game of the season. 

City opened the scoring with a delightful ball over the top from Phil Foden, who unexpectedly found Joao Cancelo inside the area, who finished his opportunity like a born-striker. 

Riyad Mahrez scored a penalty, and Kyle Walker made it three with another delightful finish from one of City's defenders. 

Cole Palmer scored his first Champions League goal in style, bending a gorgeous effort with his left-foot past Simon Mignolet

Unfortunately for City, all their hard work couldn't keep them a clean sheet, but the three points are what matters at this crucial stage, with Mahrez wrapping it all up with the fifth.

Cole Palmer earns his special moment

"Cole has a special quality in front of the box, a talent that is difficult to find," stated Guardiola in his post-match press conference. "When he has the ball there, most of the time, it ends up in the net."

The 19-year-old came off the bench for the first time in the Champions League this season, and curled in a stunning effort to grab his first goal in Europe.

After a brief stint against Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday, Palmer scored a hat-trick for the U23 side in a 5-0 thumping over Leicester City.

With City in cruise control, Palmer made his cameo in the 64th minute replacing Kevin De Bruyne. Three minutes later, he only needed two touches to find the net.

He received the ball just outside the area, one touch was to set himself up, the next was to curl the ball into the bottom corner to give City a four-goal lead. 

Palmer has become only the third teenager to score in the Champions League for Manchester City after Foden and Kelechi Iheanacho.  Palmer is the 10th youngest Englishman to score in the competition, at the age of 19 years and 166 days.

Standout performers

It's safe to say we won't be talking about any bad performances in this one, with the whole team playing out their skin, as Guardiola stated “It was a really good performance – one of our best performances in Europe, definitely".

Foden took centre stage again with his incredible vision throughout, especially with the first goal, assisting Cancelo from a long-range pass. The Englishman has been a joy to watch in recent weeks, and he appears to be improving by the game.

Mahrez has three goals in the Champions League so far this season, with a well-deserved brace on Tuesday night. He's now give Guardiola a serious headache ahead of City's trip to Brighton on the weekend. 

Finally, Cancelo isn't slowing down and has to be labelled as one of the best full backs in the world. His goal last night would be one a striker would've been proud of, as he calmly brought the ball down, and megged the keeper with his second touch to give City the lead. 

A point adrift

City leap above Brugge after their 5-1 victory, as they now sit on six points, one point behind group leaders PSG after three games.

The next game could prove to be the most pivotal though, with Brugge making the visit to the Etihad on the 3rd of November. 

As Brugge sit two points behind City in third, a win over the Belgian side would see City inches away from qualification with a potential five-point gap over Brugge. 

City's remaining games after Brugge, see PSG come to the Etihad, with City travelling to RB Leipzig for the final match-day.  

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