John Stones took centre stage by scoring twice as Manchester City opened their Champions League campaign with a 4-0 thrashing of Feyenoord last night but it was the centre-back's team-mate, Kevin De Bruyne, for whom Pep Guardiola saved the most lavish praise.
Eyes in particular will be on City playmaker Kevin de Bruyne, whose sublime form played a major part in the Liverpool drubbing, and who is sure to sniff out and exploit weaknesses in Feyenoord's defence.
The Premier League side had been cruising after overcoming the shock of Wissam Ben Yedder's fifth-minute goal to lead 2-1 at half time.
This 98 per cent completion rate just goes to show how far Stones has come under Guardiola. Of course, Feyenoord will play at home, given the long absence of participation in the Champions League, you can expect a full house and full support of native fans.
City were two goals ahead in the first ten minutes at a rain-soaked De Kuip.
Most of that investment came in the defence with the signings of Danilo, Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy, and Stones admitted that he will have to "keep working hard" to maintain his spot on both a domestic and worldwide scale.
"Last season we couldn't win one game away from home and we spoke about that".
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 global powering the ball past Jones in the Feyenoord goal. Michiel Kramer is excepted to fill his spot.
"We'll take things game by game and see where it takes us". There was no coming back from the single point haul from the two Ajax games and City were eliminated at the group stage.
The emphatic victory over the Dutch champions was the flawless start for City, who failed to win any European away games in Guardiola's first season in charge.