Goals from Ferran Torres, Ilkay Gundogan and Raheem Sterling secured a straightforward 3-0 victory for Manchester City in Marseille to make it six points from a possible six in Group C.

Torres was the beneficiary of a defensive mix-up to give City a half-time lead, turning home Kevin De Bruyne’s cross from close range to score for a second Champions League match in succession.

Gundogan, who also netted in last week’s win over Porto, made the game safe in the 76th minute after great work from Sterling down the right.

The England winger got himself on the scoresheet soon after, as De Bruyne crossed from the right to provide his second assist of the night in near identical fashion.

The result gives City a three-point lead in Group C and the intensity of the performance should boost confidence levels after an underwhelming start in the Premier League.

On two occasions in Europe now this term, following last week’s victory over Porto, City have been hugely positive in their play.

This time they made light of their lack of a recognised centre forward, as well as a host of other injuries, as they took the game to their French hosts from the outset.

Torres was a surprise choice to play centrally in the absence of injured strikers Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus but it was a selection that paid off as his early goal help City dominate a Marseille team that offered little.

The only surprise was that it took until the final 15 minutes for them to score a second, as Sterling headed down a Phil Foden cross and Gundogan finished from close range.

City were not finished there and they claimed a third moments later as Riyad Mahrez released De Bruyne and his inch-perfect ball was turned in by Sterling.