Bernardo Silva was the pick of a brilliant bunch, David Silva marked his 350th game for City with his 50th goal in the Premier League and rumours of Leroy Sane's demise have, evidently, been greatly exaggerated.
'It was frustrating to not put more chances into the back of the net - we need to be more ruthless.
'It's nice to get going again after the World Cup - we only got 12 days off, ' the England worldwide said.
'I felt like I won most of my duels and I was communicating well with the rest of the team. "I'm pretty sure they'll have a good season".
'But we started with the mindset that we needed to be on the front foot. We try to do that in every game'.
The Premier League champions returned from the global break in style at the Etihad Stadium.
There was more wayward finishing from the Brazil striker as City's forwards queued up to get in on the act, with Bernardo Silva blazing over in the 81st minute to miss out on the goal his wonderful efforts merited.
Jesus spurned a couple of opportunities but then did well to hold up play and set up Bernardo Silva, only for the midfielder to shoot well over.
"Most of the developments visible today are the result of a carefully crafted strategy - one in which organic evolution has also been allowed to thrive", said Khaldoon Al Mubarak, the chairman of City Football Group, which administers the club under the ownership of Abu Dhabi United Group.
'Nah, he's a team player, a wonderful guy, everyone loves him.
However, with two years left on his deal at the club, Silva has revealed that he does not have plans to renew his contract with the Premier League champions.
In terms of worldwide acclaim the list of Manchester City greats isn't overly extensive, yet David Silva easily fits into that category, and the Spaniard has admitted that it was his parents' divorce that made clear to him it was time to leave Spain for England back in 2010. Raheem Sterling left the England over the weekend with a back injury, but Pep Guardiola says the 23-year-old is healthy enough to return to selection for City. It is a huge benefit for this kind of player.
'The benefits is huge and he is not a small kid and part of his profession is win, draw and lose the game.
"I hope he likes sports, and if he gets into football, we'll help him".