Pep Guardiola hailed Kevin De Bruyne as "one of the best players I've ever seen in my life" after the Belgium international was instrumental in Manchester City's 4-0 Champions League demolition of Feyenoord.
De Bruyne created first-half goals for Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus as 10-man Liverpool were dispatched 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday and the midfielder was to the fore once again in Rotterdam.
An inch-perfect cross allowed John Stones to complete the rout after the hour, the England defender having opened the scoring in the second minute before Aguero and Jesus continued their productive starts to the campaign.
Afterwards, a man who has coached the likes of Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Toni Kroos and Robert Lewandowski, reserved high praise for City's number 17.
"Kevin is one of the best players I've ever seen in my life in terms of how he can make absolutely everything [happen]," Guardiola said.
"He's a top, top quality player. We are so proud and so happy he's with us.
"He's had a few ups and downs, maybe because we didn't win some games [last season] that we deserved.
"He's so stable and he has the mental quality. The rest comes from inside."
City dazzled from the opening whistle as they quickly silenced a rowdy De Kuip, with the sight of De Bruyne dictating the game alongside fellow playmakers of David Silva and Bernardo Silva a delight to watch and something Giovanni van Bronckhorst's Dutch champions were wholly ill-equipped to combat.
"It's a pleasure to play like this because the level of the players is so high," De Bruyne told BT Sport, having finished the match wearing the captain's armband after a flurry of substitutions.
"It gives me happiness to be like this."
Thank you for the amazing support as always tonight!— Manchester City (@ManCity) September 13, 2017
Safe journey home, Blues! pic.twitter.com/vMS2Y0OSkE
Guardiola was careful to temper his own joy after two such comprehensive wins.
Asked whether the past five days represented City's best form under his management, he added: "It's too early to say - we have to improve.
"We made a good performance but also there were mistakes. Against Liverpool, with 11 v 11 the game was equal.
"In Europe it's so demanding, it doesn’t matter where - winning 4-0 away is not easy. We are just in September, you have to win the respect of your opponents.
"We made a good step last weekend by beating one of the top-six teams at home. Last season it was just Arsenal [who City beat at home out of the Premier League's top six].
"If you want to grow you have to beat them and it's the same here [in Europe]. You have to win this kind of game."
|I prefer Fekir to Neymar - Lyon president Aulas fires another pre-match barb at PSG|
|Dortmund boss Stoger leaves door open for Aubameyang return amid Arsenal links|
|Neymar can play with Ronaldo at Real Madrid – Mijatovic|
|Dyche compares Sanchez-Man United move to Harry Potter|
|Schurrle annoyed at more dropped Dortmund points|
|Carrick expected to become Man Utd coach, reveals Mourinho|
|Barkley ´obsessed´ with becoming world-class at Chelsea|
|Conte defends Chelsea amid surprise Carroll & Crouch links|
|Guardiola wants ´three or four´ signings but rules out Sanchez alternative|
|Atlanta United wrap up Barco signing for MLS record fee|
|Derby County 0 Bristol City 0: Penalty controversy in goalless draw|
|Hertha Berlin 1 Borussia Dortmund 1: Kagawa equalises in Aubameyang´s absence|
|Brighton break transfer record for Locadia|
|Dortmund still waiting on ´concrete´ offer for Aubameyang|
|Can will ´give everything´ at Liverpool despite Juventus talks|
|One Direction star trained with Mourinho´s Chelsea|
|Goretzka asks Schalke fans to not turn on him after agreeing Bayern deal|
|Van Persie secures return to Feyenoord|
|Conte should replace Wenger at Arsenal, claims Carragher|
|Kimmich named Germany’s 2017 Player of the Year|
|Moyes denies scouting Batshuayi and deals Chelsea blow with Carroll injury|
|No one like Ronaldinho until Messi - Guardiola lavishes praise on Brazil great|
|Simeone shrugs off mentality concerns at Atletico Madrid|
|Going for gold? Neymar meets Beckham in matching jackets|
|You think I change my mind that quick? – Klopp faithful to No.1 Karius|
|Conte backs Morata to overcome disciplinary concerns|
|Lloris a doubt for Southampton game, confirms Pochettino|
|Klopp doubts Alexis Sanchez tug-of-war decided by money|
|Conte admits Pedro dived|
|Valencia tie down Torres amid Real Madrid, Barcelona reports|
|Congratulations! Guardiola offers well wishes to United-bound Sanchez|
|Pele pulls out of London event amid conflicting health reports|
|Conte would be ´happy´ for transfer help|
|Sanchez to United not done at all, insists Mourinho|
|Emery refuses to indulge Neymar-Cavani penalty debate|
|Goretzka chose Bayern over England, Spain and Italy – Heynckes|
|I would reject such players – Heynckes slams ´selfish´ Aubameyang|
|Western Sydney Wanderers 0 Melbourne Victory 3: Barbarouses extends purple patch|
|Conte likes Dzeko but Chelsea have made no offer, says agent|
|Goretzka´s Bayern move good for Bundesliga, suggests Rummenigge|
|Walcott left Arsenal with his things in bin bags|
|Schalke confirm Goretzka will join Bayern|
|Sergi Roberto renews Barca deal until 2022|
|Fernandinho seals extended Manchester City contract|
|Ceballos knee knock to be assessed after Real Madrid Copa win|
|Hamsik has no doubts over Napoli future|
|Corchia determined to repay Montella´s faith at Sevilla|
|Arsenal or Manchester United – who wins from the Sanchez-Mkhitaryan deal?|
|I would love to coach PSG – Mancini|
|Merson: Mkhitaryan will be a sensation at Arsenal|
|Wins over substance for Varane and Real Madrid|
|Arsenal´s Giroud the answer for Chelsea, says Parlour|
|Wenger: Sanchez exit won´t hurt like Van Persie|
|Zidane hopes late Leganes win is turning point for Real Madrid|
|De Gea happy to delay Man Utd contract talks|
|Leganes 0 Real Madrid 1: Asensio´s late goal lifts pressure on Zidane in Copa quarter-final|
|Toulalan follows Gourvennec out of Bordeaux|
|Dortmund´s Durm suffers torn ankle ligaments|
|Chelsea send Nathan to Belenenses on loan|
|Chelsea in talks over deal for Roma full-back Emerson|
|Gravel for breakfast but no worms on Dyche´s menu|
|Dybala is no Messi - Laudrup thinks comparisons are unfair|
|Dortmund leave Aubameyang out amid Arsenal links|
|Koulibaly would stay at Napoli ´forever´|
|Neymar´s PSG contract has no release clause, lawyer claims|
|Robben relaxed over Bayern contract talks as other clubs circle|
|Henderson returns to Liverpool training|
|Football´s biggest release clauses - Pique joins Messi, Ronaldo and LaLiga´s big boys|
|No offers for Evans yet, says West Brom boss Pardew|
|Stafylidis seals Stoke switch|
|Worry about your own team - Dortmund slam Wenger´s Aubameyang pursuit|
|Praet denies agreeing deal to join Juventus|
|No BBC for Real Madrid´s Leganes clash|
|Stoke close to Stafylidis signing|
|Brisbane Roar 3 Perth Glory 2: Holman settles five-goal thriller|
|Gourvennec leaves Bordeaux after seventh defeat in eight games|
|Pique agrees new long-term Barcelona contract|
|Wenger rules out Ozil sale as talks continue over Wilshere deal|
|Sanchez-Mkhitaryan deal close, says Wenger|
|Meunier blasts ´disgraceful´ PSG fans after Neymar boos|
|Pique demands better at Camp Nou after Espanyol ´insults´|
|Schweinsteiger re-signs with Chicago Fire for 2018|
|Juve trying everything to sign Can, says Marotta|
|Rooney convinced me to join Everton – Walcott|
|Simeone: Sevilla deserved their win|
|Conte calls for VAR improvements|
|Neymar not angered by PSG whistles - Silva|
|FA Cup Review: Wigan dump Bournemouth out, nine-man Chelsea scrape through|
|Valverde rues Barca profligacy in Espanyol defeat|