While Mourinho stewed, Pellegrini was left to reflect on a performance that immediately reinstalled his side, deposed by Chelsea last season, as the Premier League’s team to beat.
Reacting to Mourinho’s “fake” comment, Pellegrini said the margin of victory was “the minimum we deserved”, but he shied away from the suggestion that City had made a statement at this early stage. “We are not sending a message to anyone,” he said.
Victory was not secure until a header from Vincent Kompany and a rasping drive from Fernandinho in the last 11 minutes swelled City’s lead, but the foundations had been laid by Aguero, who looks back to his devilish best after taking time off following the Copa America. “I think Sergio Aguero is in the best moment of his career,” said Pellegrini, whose side top the table on goal difference from Leicester City and Manchester United.
“He is a very important player for us. He showed that also last year. He was the top scorer. I believe this season he can be even better.”