Chelsea and Liverpool may be doing their part in making this season's title race infinitely more interesting than the last version, thus far at least, but while Pep Guardiola's defending champions have the luxury of such overwhelming strength in depth, Manchester City will take some stopping.
There are other contenders - such as the now injured Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden - but Bernardo appears to most closely encapsulate the qualities of his illustrious namesake. "He is the most loved guy in the locker room".
"He can play there, because he can fight".
But this season, Bernardo Silva was the first one.
"I can play either in the centre or wide, I can do whatever the manager thinks is best for the team". "I have more confidence". It depends how I feel physically and mentally.
Bernardo should have crowned his Man of the Match display - which included setting up Silva's 21st-minute strike - with a goal of his own, but blasted over with 10 minutes remaining. "I hope he stays forever!" Still now I am angry. After an global break, it's always a mystery how you'll come back, and Fulham asked us a lot of questions.
The visitors' refused to abandon their attacking philosophy despite the obvious perils, and they also played their part in an entertaining contest with Andre Schurrle their most unsafe player and firing an effort over the crossbar before City's second.
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But, Brees connected with Ginn for a 42-yard completion, setting up the Saints for the game-winning field goal. A shocking missed extra point attempt gave the Saints the ball back, all tied up at 18-18.
Fulham had some bright moments but were continually undermined by the number of times they gave away possession.
The encounter at the Etihad Stadium saw Fulham start brightly, but an excellent interception in midfield by Selcao ace Fernandinho led to a fast counter attack, the Brazilian crossing to the German youngster Sané, who finished off nicely.
The win takes them in the top-half and puts their objective for a European spot at the least on track thanks to Wilfred Zaha's first half effort.
'You have to adapt to the way your team plays, you have to adapt to your team-mates, to the league, to the referees.
City were able to drop down a gear without surrendering any of their control over the game, and they continued to create chances too with Sterling and Jesus both failing to hit the target.
"[It was] a fantastic week for me - I became a daddy this week", Sane told Premier League TV.