Sergio Aguero had gone eight games without scoring for club or country prior to the encounter but struck twice in the space of eight first-half minutes to help City to all three points in the Midlands and end a six-game winless streak.
“We need Sergio,” manager Pep Guardiola told reporters after the game. “We know how important he is for us when he can convince us how good he is and how important he is for this club. He is part of the history for this club. I would like to help him. Still he can write the most brilliant images for himself in this club. He is one of the best.
“I am going to help him to be much, much better. That is my target. So that every game he feels how important he is. I’m so, so happy for him because with all of that he is one of the nicest people I have met.”