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GALLERY: 193 stunning autumnal pictures from our Camera Club

EACH month the Telegraph & Argus Camera Club runs a prize competition where members are set a theme and challenged to interpret it however they like.

The best photo – as chosen by our panel including T&A photographic manager Mike Simmonds, editor Nigel Burton and social media reporter Claire Earley – wins its author £50 and a giant canvas print courtesy of our friends at ProAm Imaging.

Throughout October the theme was Autumn and our club members did not disappoint – hundreds of images were posted to the Camera Club’s Facebook page and the overall standard of entries was outstanding.

As you’d expect, trees featured heavily but the variety of shots submitted impressed our judging panel.

There could be only one winner, though, and the prize went to Beverley Clough for her shot of Judy Woods.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

Judy Woods by Beverley Clough

Mike said: “It was incredibly difficult to pick an overall winner from such a strong field, but there was just something about Beverley’s picture that made it stand out.

“The colour, detail and framing are great, but it’s that winding flight of steps that really catch the eye here, heading up the hill and marking out a path that stands out from the fallen leaves. They invite the viewer to climb them and find out where they lead, it has a real sense of adventure about it and that lends it personality.”

Congratulations to Beverley, who wins £50 and a canvas print of her picture.

In the gallery on this page you can see the full 193-strong longlist of entries from which we chose our eventual winner.

Mike added: “Perhaps inevitably this month’s entries tended towards fallen leaves and the like, but as usual our members have taken the theme as a starting point and given it their own unique spin. We had some great entries.”

If you’re interested in joining the Camera Club, you can apply to join on the Facebook page at facebook.com/groups/tandacameraclub.

The group is for everyone from seasoned amateurs to budding new photographers, whether you’ve got all the latest kit or just an eye for taking a fantastic picture on your smartphone.

You don’t necessarily need to live in Bradford to join, but we prefer members to have some ties to the district.

It’s a community where you can get advice and swap tips with fellow enthusiasts, and take part in group meet-ups and even club outings – we have a trip to Bradford Cathedral coming up in December where there are sure to be some memorable shots to be captured.

We’d love to see your pictures capturing life in Bradford and anything eye-catching you might see while out and about in the district.

Send your snaps of everything from community events large or small, new angles on familiar places or even breaking news if you find yourself in the middle of the action.

There’s still time for members to take part in November’s themed contest, which is After Dark.

As usual, interpret the theme as you like, post your pictures in the Camera Club group, mark them with #afterdark and you could be in with the chance of winning £50 and a great big canvas print of your picture.

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Car dealership wins national award as a great place to work

A CULLINGWORTH businessman is celebrating after his company scooped a top accolade.

Luscombe Motors was named Best UK Dealership To Work For by Automotive Management.

The company was among just 15 across the UK to receive the honour, the organisers have revealed.

It was presented as part of a programme launched by the retail publication.

Managing director Robin Luscombe said the firm had enjoyed a hugely successful few years. In recent years, the company has won the Suzuki Dealer of the Year title several times and a Mitsubishi New Dealer of the Year accolade.

Mr Luscombe said the award meant a lot to the “great team” behind the company’s success.

“I am very proud that we qualified for the latest honour,” he added.

“It means a lot to me and to everyone who has been part of an amazing few years.”

“Massive thanks go to our great team and to everyone who has helped and supported us on the way.”

Ex-Big Issue seller wins ‘dream’ Cambridge University place

Geoff EdwardsImage copyright Cambridge Regional College
Image caption Geoff Edwards is now a student in the city where he once sold The Big Issue

A former Big Issue seller has said he is “still getting used to the idea” he has fulfilled his “dream” of going to Cambridge University.

Geoff Edwards, 52, spent most of his adult life homeless in Cambridge after work as a field labourer dried up.

He said selling copies of The Big Issue “gave me back a bit of self-respect”.

After gaining distinctions in an Access to Higher Education course at Cambridge Regional College, he is now studying English Literature at Hughes Hall.

As first reported in the Cambridge News, Mr Edwards, who left school with two O-levels, said: “Going to Cambridge University was a dream of mine.

“This is what I have always wanted to do, but no-one in my family had been to university, so I didn’t consider it.”

He came to Cambridge from Liverpool in search of work as a farm hand but after years of being homeless “was isolated and getting anxious”.

His life was turned around when he became a Big Issue seller in the city.

Image copyright John Sutton/Geograph
Image caption Hughes Hall was founded as a graduate college for women in 1885 and was the first all-women college to admit men

However, Mr Edwards realised he was “in a rut” and after deciding a return to education was the way forward he attended an open day at Cambridge Regional College.

“I only had Maths and English O-levels, so I needed to do a [pre-access] gateway course” he said.

“It prepared me well for the access course, which gave me the qualifications to get to Cambridge.”

He said winning a place is “the first thing I am proud of in my life”.

The access course is aimed at adults who want to return to education or need extra qualifications to go to university.

Hughes Hall only accepts mature undergraduates or graduate students.

Its president Anthony Freeling said it is “committed to ensuring the gates of Cambridge University are open to all with the potential to succeed”.

Bradford pharmaceutical company wins award in Germany

A Bradford pharmaceutical company has returned from a ceremony in Frankfurt, Germany, with an excellence award.

Paul Thorning, chief executive officer of ChrstecPharma Ltd, based at Norcroft Building, in Richmond Road, said after gaining the award: “It is our great pleasure to have been recognised for our work across the industry through our expertise in crystallisation and particle engineering.

The specialist company took top honours in the Excellence in Pharma Award for Contract Services and Outsourcing.

The awards are organised through CPhI, the Convention on Pharmaceutical Ingredients.

The prize had been presented for Crystec’s modified supercritical anti-solvent (mSAS) technology for accelerated product development.

Mr Thorning added: “Our mSAS technology platform has the potential, not only to add value to product development programmes through improving the performance of medicines, but to streamline product development, reduce manufacturing costs and accelerate the route to market.

“We are very proud of our company and of the solutions that we provide for our clients, as well as our own development programmes.”

The company has a strong research and development base, in both the UK and China.

It supports pharmaceutical companies to optimise the development of their own products, typically through improving bioavailability, stability or changing routes of administration.

The company also applies the strength of its technology to develop its own supergeneric products.

The Convention holds several events each year aimed at bringing together people from across the pharmaceutical supply chain.

Crystec was formed in 2007 by Professor Peter York, Paul Thorning, Qun Shao and Yongda Sun to relaunch supercritical fluid (SCF) for the pharmaceutical industry.

Professor York and colleagues at the University of Bradford conducted the first research into the application of SCF technology in the 1990s. A spin-out company was formed, Bradford Particle Design.

The company was acquired by Inhale Therapeutic Systems in 2000 and renamed as Nektar. In 2006 Nektar closed its SCF business to focus on diabetes therapy. A year later Crystec was formed to continue the SCF technology and research and a number of former Nektar employees joined.

Driving ambition

Lewis Hamilton is now one of the best drivers of all time.

The 32-year-old has won his fourth world title, eclipsing Sir Jackie Stewart’s record to become Britain’s most successful Formula 1 driver ever.

Hamilton has his idol Ayrton Senna’s speed – but Michael Schumacher continues to dominate the statistics.

The German has more titles (seven) and more wins (91) than Hamilton, but how long before the Briton catches up?

He’s on his way…

Age on Hamilton’s side, just as it was for Schumacher

If Hamilton wants to leave the sport with the most world titles of all time, he’s going to have to stick around for at least another four seasons.

He is currently three behind Schumacher’s all-time record but time is very much on his side. Schumacher was the same age – 32- as Hamilton when he won his fourth title and went on to win it again in the next three seasons.

Hamilton’s former team-mate, Jenson Button, believes his compatriot will at the very least equal Schumacher’s record.

“When you look at the facts and the stats, he’s out-qualified Michael but in terms of world championships he’s got a little way to go,” Button told BBC Sport.

“Michael is still the greatest when you look at the outright results but if Lewis stays in the sport and if Mercedes stay as competitive, you could see him getting close to winning seven world championships – but only time will tell.”

Hamilton is a driver who you get the sense won’t be fully satisfied until his name is at the top of all notable record charts in Formula 1.

Schumacher’s seven world titles will be his main ambition but he will also be keen to take the German’s record of most wins.

Schumacher is currently way out in front on 91 but Hamilton is creeping closer…

All conquering Hamilton by 2020?

So how realistic is it that Hamilton could overtake Schumacher’s wins record?

As the below graphic shows, Hamilton really started to rack up the wins after his first season at Mercedes.

Since the start of 2014, when Mercedes produced a competitive car, he has won 40 races – an average of 10 per season. If he maintains that form then he could feasibly surpass Schumacher by the end of 2020, when he is 35.

Given that Schumacher won the last of his seven world titles at that age, then, assuming Hamilton continues to have a car capable of battling for wins, he has every chance of achieving that feat long before he decides to hang up his racing gloves.

For Stewart, the best is still to come from Hamilton.

“The halcyon years are your mid-30s,” he said.

“You have maturity, you still have strength, you are still learning but you have corrected a lot of knowledge.

“You are still vibrant and still hungry.”

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The best of British?

Hamilton’s win on Sunday was his 62nd in 205 races. It’s a hugely impressive record but, in terms of win ratio and how it compares with other British drivers, legendary Scottish driver Jim Clark remains out in front.

Clark, world champion in 1963 and 1965, won 25 races during his career. It was a record at the time and although it has since been surpassed by several other drivers after the Scot’s tragic death, none in so few races.

Clark’s came in just 72 starts, a win ratio bettered only by Alberto Ascari and Juan Manuel Fangio.

‘A worthy successor’ to Stewart

Sir Jackie Stewart won the last of his three world titles in 1973

Stewart, the man who Hamilton replaced as Britain’s most successful driver in terms of world titles, believes his compatriot is a worthy successor.

“I have held the record for 44 years and records are meant to be broken,” said Stewart.

“He has earned it. He has made big decisions. He left McLaren and that was a surprise to a lot of people including me. He made that right decision and went to Mercedes, it was a big decision and the right decision. He has learnt so much.

“Niki Lauda has been able to guide Lewis very well. He has huge experience, he is three-time world champion and been through so much, a lot more than me and in fact died twice and was resuscitated. Niki has been able to guide Lewis a great deal and soften some of the emotions from time time to time.

“Lewis has been in a great team with a great package but nevertheless you have to drive the car and get it to the finish line.”

He’s already the king of qualifying

It seems only right that Hamilton becomes the most decorated British driver of all time in a season he wrote history.

By taking the 69th pole position of his career for the Italian Grand Prix in September he broke Schumacher’s long-standing pole positions record. And in Austin he surpassed the German’s record of front row starts to 117.

Hamilton has since moved on to 72 career pole positions, meaning by the time he does retire the bar will be set extremely high for any future Formula 1 drivers hoping to become the king of qualifying.

But given the way Hamilton is going, it’s not the only record Hamilton will leave others reaching for when his driving career does finally come to an end.

MPs to debate ‘scrap first-past-the-post’ call

2017 exit poll is projected onto BBC Broadcasting House
Image caption The 2017 general election ended in a hung parliament – as was the case in 2010

Another bid to scrap the UK‘s first-past-the-post voting system will be debated by MPs on Monday.

More than 100,000 people signed a petition to adopt proportional representation for general elections.

Campaigners argue that the current system is meant to deliver decisive results but the 2010 and 2017 general elections resulted in hung parliaments.

The government says the 2011 AV referendum shows the public do not want to change first- past-the-post.

Under first-past-the-post (FPTP), the candidate who receives the most votes in a local constituency wins a seat in the House of Commons.

Tactical voting

This means the number of seats each political party wins does not reflect its share of the vote nationally – in 2015, UKIP picked up 3.9m votes but only won one seat.

Under proportional representation (PR), parties’ seats in parliament would be allocated in proportion to the number of votes cast for them.

Image caption The government argues that the current voting system is easily understood and provides a clear link between MPs and their constituents

The e-petition argues that the current system makes Parliament “unrepresentative”.

The Electoral Reform Society, which campaigns for change, says the argument that FPTP brings decisive results has been undermined by recent elections and points out that proportional systems are used in the Welsh Assembly, Scottish Parliament and Northern Ireland Assembly.


History of voting system changes

1910: Royal Commission recommends the Alternative Vote system be adopted for elections to the Commons, although some argue for the Single Transferable Vote (STV)

1918: MPs reject STV in a free vote but back AV for rural, single member seats. The changes are blocked by the House of Lords

1931: Minority Labour government attempts to introduce AV in a third of constituencies but loses power before it can become law, after which electoral reform becomes a cause mostly associated with the Liberal Party

1998: The Jenkins Commission recommends a proportional system should replace FPTP in Westminster elections

1998: Northern Ireland Assembly formed – members elected under Single Transferable Vote system, a form of PR

1999: Britons switch to the “closed party list” PR system to elect members of the European Parliament, having previously used FPTP

1999: First elections to Holyrood and Welsh Assembly using “additional member” system – FPTP constituencies and seats filled proportionally from regional party lists

2007: STV introduced for Scottish local elections

2011: AV referendum – 19m voters – 68% of those who took part – reject bid to switch to new system

Why not use proportional representation?


The Electoral Reform Society says the 2011 referendum should not be seen as a rejection of proportional representation – as PR was not offered as an option.

Instead the referendum offered voters a choice between keeping the current system or switching to the Alternative Vote – under which voters could rank candidates in order of preference, and these preferences could be used to decide the outcome in places where no candidate wins more than 50% of votes cast.

But in its response, the government says it has “no plans” to change the voting system and the 2011 referendum produced a “clear result” in which “the public voted overwhelmingly in favour of keeping the FPTP system”.

The government argues that PR voting would “weaken the direct constituency link which is a key feature of our Parliamentary system” and that it would be “more complicated for the voter”.

Any petition on the UK Parliament’s website with more than 100,000 signatures is automatically considered for a debate in Westminster Hall, an annexe to the main Commons chamber which does not have the power to make law.

Claude Puel: Leicester City appoint ex-Southampton manager

Puel presided over 19 wins, 10 draws and 18 defeats in all competitions at Southampton

Leicester City have appointed ex-Southampton boss Claude Puel as their new manager on a three-year deal.

Puel becomes the Foxes’ third manager this year, replacing Craig Shakespeare who succeeded Premier League title winner Claudio Ranieri in February.

Puel, 56, led the Saints to eighth in his first season in charge, as well as reaching the EFL Cup final, but the Frenchman was sacked in June.

Michael Appleton will remain as Leicester’s assistant manager.

Appleton had taken caretaker charge after Shakespeare was sacked just four months after he signed a three-year deal to take the job on a permanent basis.

Leicester City vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said Puel was “a perfect fit”.

“Upon meeting Claude, his attention to detail, knowledge of our squad, understanding of our potential and his vision to help us realise it were extremely impressive,” he added.

“He quickly emerged as the outstanding candidate and I am delighted we will have the opportunity to reinforce our long-term vision, aided significantly by his expertise.”

Puel takes over a Foxes side 14th in the Premier League table with two wins from nine games.

The former Monaco boss, who has also had spells at Lille and Lyon, spent four years as manager of Nice before replacing Ronald Koeman at Southampton.

He said it was “a great privilege” to take over at Leicester, adding that the club’s “values and ambitions are closely aligned to my own”.

“The opportunity to help the club build on its remarkable recent achievements is a truly exciting one and I’m looking forward to working with the owners, players, staff and supporters to deliver further lasting success.”

Despite losing 16 games last season, Puel led Southampton to an eighth-placed finish in the Premier League. Their 3-2 defeat by Manchester United in the EFL Cup final at Wembley was their first major final since 2003.

But he was dismissed after managing just one win from the final eight league matches of the season, with his side scoring just once in their last six games.

Bradford firm wins country estate commissions

A BRADFORD carpeting and flooring business has been commissioned to work on some of England’s finest country home estates.

Family firm Winder Carpets has added the Chatsworth House Estate and Harewood House to its VIP client list.

Fitters working for the Five Lane Ends-based firm will also be starting work at the Michelin Star Box Tree restaurant in Ilkley in the New Year.

But director Paul Winder, who runs the family business with his cousin Leon Winder, says aristocrats and Joe Bloggs all get the same service sticking to straight forward Yorkshire service and values.

“Whether it’s a stately home or Mr and Mrs Smith’s family home, it’s all the same fitters and it’s the same straight forward Yorkshire service and values that everyone gets. After all, the money all goes in the same pot at the end of the day. The majority of our work is still the public,” he said.

Winder Carpets got the Harewood House contract on recommendation from the Chatsworth estate who own the Devonshire Arms Hotel at Bolton Abbey.

Fitters worked through the night to re-carpet some of the hotel’s public areas while guests slept – Paul organised the weaving of a custom design for the project, tweaking an original pattern to bring it more up-to-date.

More recently the firm has laid natural flooring in rooms at Harewood House used by workers for the Harewood House Trust.

It is hoped there will be more work to come soon, fitting floor coverings in some of the stately home’s private apartments away from public view.

“That came about because of our work for Chatsworth. It’s our reputation that gets us places. Business is good, we are doing very well. Whether we do a job for £25 or £25,000 it’s all the same to us. Whether its £5 a metre or £80, it’s the same fitters we get on the job.”

Winder employs about 16 stall full-time with an army of other fitters that can be called on from around the country depending on the job’s location.

Fitting out 32 apartments in Liverpool just opposite the Liver Building and another contract to fit a crescent of new homes in York also feature among its booming profile oput of the district.

Winder Carpets was started by Paul’s father John in 1963 in Idle Village back in the days when carpet only came in 275 inch widths only.

“The strips had to be sewn together to get the right fit and a lot of it was done by hand. My dad had about seven women working for him. I can remember it well,” said Paul who joined the business after leaving school in 1985 although many a previous school holiday was spent working alongside his dad.

Lewis Hamilton on pole for United States Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the United States Grand Prix and will have title rival Sebastian Vettel alongside him on the front row.

Hamilton beat Vettel by 0.239 seconds as the German rescued his day with a superb final lap.

Vettel was fourth after the first runs in final qualifying, over 0.7secs off the pace, but improved at the death.

Hamilton, who took his 11th pole in 17 races, will clinch the title if he wins the race with Vettel lower than fifth.

Sunday’s race is live on radio 5 live and the BBC Sport website at 20:00 BST.

Hamilton can take the title if he wins and Vettel finishes sixth or below, or he is second and Vettel finishes 10th or below

Hamilton in control

It was Hamilton’s 11th pole position in 17 races so far this season and it continues a weekend of domination for the 32-year-old at one of his favourite circuits.

Hamilton topped all three practice sessions and all three parts of qualifying to stamp his total authority on the weekend.

Hamilton said he “loved this track” but said qualifying was difficult because of a gusting strong wind in hot and humid conditions.

“It is going to be a great race,” he said. It is going to be a tough one. Looking after the tyres in these conditions is going to be tough but I am the best prepared I can be.”

American fans make clear what they want on Sunday – Hamilton won the title in Austin in 2015, where Nico Rosberg famously threw his cap at him

Hamilton said it was “highly unlikely” that he would win the title on Sunday.

“Sebastian did a great job to get back up there. Unless he makes a silly mistake – which is very unlikely; he’s a four-time world champion – it is going to continue to the next race.

“This is such a fantastic circuit, just the layout and the way the wind comes really makes it challenging. You are constantly dancing with the wind.”

A great recovery from Vettel

Ferrari have had a difficult weekend, starting with a spin for Vettel on Friday, a car problem which led to a chassis change, but recovered well on Saturday.

Vettel said: “I was very happy in the end. I was lacking a bit the rhythm, especially the transition from the first to second sector. Got it right in the end, but it was very tricky with the wind.”

His front row starts sets up a potentially fascinating battle between the two in the race, when Ferrari are usually more competitive than in qualifying.

Vettel and Hamilton were tied on two US GP poles each – Hamilton now extends his record to three

The heat is also giving Mercedes concerns. The hotter it is, the more problems they have managing tyre temperatures, which could be a significant issue for them in the race, although it is expected to be a few degrees cooler on Sunday than the 30C temperatures in south Texas on Saturday.

Bottas again struggled to match Hamilton, as he has since the season re-started after the summer break in late August and Ricciardo could be a factor in the race, qualifying only 0.469secs off the pace.

Raikkonen exactly matched the Australian’s team but as he posted it second was classified behind.

Verstappen was just under 0.1secs off his team-mate and will start from the back because of a 15-place penalty for excessive engine usage.

Sainz’s steller debut

There was an impressive performance from Carlos Sainz on his first outing for the Renault team following his transfer from Toro Rosso to replace Jolyon Palmer.

The Spaniard took eighth place, pipped by Force India‘s Esteban Ocon but ahead of McLaren’s Fernando Alonso and the second Force India of Sergio Perez.

Sainz was on the pace of team-mate Nico Hulkenberg all weekend and was 0.2secs quicker than the German in first qualifying, although Hulkenberg did only one run because he is one of the other drivers with a major grid penalty.

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New Zealander Brendon Hartley qualified 18th on his Formula 1 debut for Toro Rosso, saying he had lost a lot of time locking front wheels at Turn 12 and 15.

He was 0.8secs slower than team-mate Daniil Kvyat in first qualifying but said he was optimistic of a strong race, which he will start from the back because of a 25-place engine penalty.

“It has been a steep learning curve,” said Hartley, who is expected to be retained for the rest of the season when Frenchman Pierre Gasly returns for the next race in Mexico.

“I was happy with final practice but I didn’t really get it together in qualifying. There is a lot to learn with these tyres and peak performance, the long-run pace I feel confident I can do a good job tomorrow. Bit of work to do on short runs. Pretty happy with how the weekend has gone so far.”

Another one bites the dust: Haas’ Romain Grosjean ended up on the gravel track during final practice
Midnight cowboy Daniel Ricciardo
Hamilton has worn a yellow, red and white helmet so far this weekend…what colour will he chose next?
Bevo the Texas Longhorns mascot was having fun in the Red Bull garage

Man City hold on to beat Napoli

Gabriel Jesus has been directly involved in 21 goals in 20 starts in all competitions for City (15 goals, six assists)

Manchester City produced another impressive display as they beat in-form Serie A leaders Napoli to maintain their 100% winning start to this season’s Champions League.

Billed as an encounter between the two most scintillating attacking sides in Europe, City fully lived up to the hype before the break, giving their Italian rivals a brutal lesson in high-pressing, incisive football.

Goals from Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus – both neat close-range finishes – put them firmly in control and they would have been out of sight had Kevin de Bruyne’s 25-yard shot found the net instead of the crossbar and Kalidou Koulibaly not been well-placed to clear another Jesus effort off the line.

However, Napoli battled back into the game and, despite having a Dries Mertens penalty saved by Ederson, they converted a second through Amadou Diawara’s neat finish to set up a nervy final 17 minutes for the home side.

City’s desire to play out from the back almost cost them on a couple of occasions but they held out for a win that leaves them top of Group F, three points clear of Shakhtar Donetsk, who won 2-1 at Feyenoord.

City underline their improvement

In his programme notes for Tuesday’s game, City boss Pep Guardiola insisted that his job was to win games, not entertain. At the moment, he is doing both.

Few teams have been able to live with Guardiola’s team this season, with only Everton denying them victory courtesy of a 1-1 Premier League draw back in August.

Since then, the Premier League leaders have netted 36 times over 10 straight wins in all competitions, scoring four at Feyenoord, five against Liverpool and Palace and six at Watford before putting seven past Stoke on Saturday in what Guardiola described as the finest display in his time at the club.

Tuesday’s win may arguably be their most impressive result this campaign, coming against opponents who have won all eight of their league fixtures this season as part of a club record 13 successive league wins dating back to last campaign.

Some of their passing and attacking play was a joy to behold, resulting in the two early goals, with Sterling finishing into a largely unguarded net after Kyle Walker’s shot had been blocked before Jesus tapped home from the brilliant De Bruyne’s pinpoint low cross.

However, their desire to play out from the back, while laudable, often invited pressure from very talented opponents who fortunately lacked their usual cutting edge.

Man City v Napoli records 2017-18
Manchester City Napoli
Matches 12 13
Wins 11 11
Draws 1 0
Losses 0 2
For 39 35
Against 6 10
Domestic league pos. 1st 1st

Napoli miss their chances

“Almost impossible to win” was how Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis described his club’s game at City, suggesting that they rest players in order to focus on Saturday’s opponents Inter Milan.

However, coach Maurizio Sarri fielded the starting XI largely responsible for their impressive start to this campaign, including Belgium striker Mertens, the scorer of nine of the 34 goals they had amassed in 12 fixtures prior to their trip to the Etihad.

Had Mertens opted for precision as opposed to power with his spot-kick, awarded for Walker’s foul on Raul Albiol, he could well have provided the impetus for his side to battle back.

Equally, Marek Hamsik was presented with a golden chance of his own after a mis-placed pass gave him a near open goal, but a diving block from John Stones denied him amid howls of handball from Sarri on the touchline.

Diawara showed them the way by slotting in after Faouzi Ghoulam had been tripped by Fernandinho in the area with 17 minutes to go, but they were unable to capitalise on their momentum.

Man of the match – Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City)

Once again, De Bruyne was the driving force behind City’s display. He set up Jesus for the second goal and was inches from scoring himself with a first-half shot that hit the bar

Ten on the trot – the stats you need to know

  • In all competitions, City have now recorded 10 consecutive victories; equalling their previous best run under Pep Guardiola (10 wins at the start of 2016/17)
  • City have won their opening three games of a European tournament for the first time since 2008/09 (in the Uefa Cup), however this is the first time they’ve achieved it in the Champions League
  • The Citizens have also won three consecutive home games in the Champions League for the first time, and are now unbeaten in their last 11 overall (W8 D3)
  • City goalkeepers have saved six of the last seven penalties that they have faced in the Champions League (three by Joe Hart, two by Willy Caballero and one by Ederson)
  • Guardiola’s side have the best goal difference of any team in the top five European leagues in all competitions this season (+33)
  • City’s starting XI tonight was their youngest in the Champions League under Guardiola (26y 73d), and their youngest in the competition overall since October 2012 (25y 309d v Borussia Dortmund)

More to follow.