If things continue Dean’s way, Aguero could break all records after scoring his second spot-kick of the season before heading in De Bruyne’s free-kick to make it six goals for the season.
Stoke briefly threatened a fightback after Bojan’s successful spot-kick just after the break. But City proved they will be no soft touch under Guardiola and having stood firm, added two late goals through substitute Nolito, to send out a message to City’s title rivals.
STOKE (4-5-1): Given 6; Bardsley 6, Shawcross 5, Wollscheid 6, Pieters 6; Whelan 6, Imbula 6; ALLEN 7, Bojan 7, Arnautovic 6; Diouf 5.
Subs: Haugaard, Muniesa, Adam, Walters, Cameron, Crouch, Ramadan.
UP NEXT: Stevenage (a), EFL Cup, Tomorrow
MANCHESTER CITY (4-1-4-1): Caballero 7; Zabaleta 7, Otamendi 7, Stones 7, Kolarov 7; Fernandinho 7; Navas 6, De Bruyne 6, Silva 7, Sterling 8; AGUERO 8.
Subs: Hart, Fernando, Nolito, Delph, Clichy, Maffeo, Iheanacho.
UP NEXT: Steaua Bucharest (h), Champions League, Wednesday
Referee: Mike Dean 6
Star player – Sergio Aguero: Can’t stop scoring
Star shocker – Ryan Shawcross – Serial offender in the box