Watford’s victory over Bournemouth earlier on within the day noticed Villa drop down into the Premier League relegation zone and issues went from dangerous to worse for Dean Smith’s aspect on Sunday night.
The Villans have gained simply three of their final 11 video games in all competitions and Smith’s males appeared utterly shell-shocked as Riyad Mahrez punished them with a 24-minute brace.
Mahrez’s first was a trademark end from the Algerian, however Orjan Nyland could really feel he ought to have achieved higher at his close to submit.
Danny Drinkwater, on his Villa debut, was largely at fault for City’s second as David Silva robbed him of the ball contained in the penalty space – and Mahrez made no mistake from shut vary.
It was males in opposition to boys as Kevin De Bruyne discovered Sergio Aguero with ease for the guests’ third objective. The Argentinian striker slammed the ball previous Nyland to place Guardiola’s aspect out of sight after only 28 minutes.
Sky Sports’ cameras confirmed horrified Villa fans streaming out of the bottom moments after the strike and the evening was about to get even worse for the hosts.
The supporters who had already left could have missed Gabriel Jesus’ objective simply earlier than half-time.
De Bruyne swung in an beautiful low cross from the correct flank and the Brazilian may hardly miss from six yards out.
Graeme Souness praised City’s ‘sensational’ first-half efficiency however admits Villa got an enormous serving to hand by their below-par opposition.
‘City can do this against absolutely anybody. They’re on hearth however you must say Villa haven’t been at it,’ Souness stated throughout his half-time evaluation for Sky Sports.
‘Aguero does brilliantly here [second goal], the collection of the pass from Rhodri to how he keeps it in play when it goes to the byline, but Drinkwater dwells on it and it’s not the best method from Mahrez to get it down and on the right track.
‘But City have been sensational. Is it because they’ve been that good or as a result of Villa have been not superb? A little bit of each.’