"I don't think we were battered by Chelsea today", said Palace manager Roy Hodgson.
Southampton did pull a goal back through a Danny Ings penalty - the first City have conceded in the league since September 1 - but Raheem Sterling put any suggestion of a comeback to bed with a fourth in first-half stoppage time.
"In our team we have players of good character who always want to win, always hungry, always want to improve, score goals, give assists and have a clean sheet", he continued.
"Last year was hard for me for many things".
"I thought it was a great team performance".
"I have the feeling he is now enjoying scoring goals and making assists".
It took a further six minutes for City to double the lead, Bernardo Silva setting free Sterling on the right and the England forward selflessly squaring for Aguero to hammer in from close range.
After 11 matches the Premier League table is beginning to take shape, and though it remains a little early for panic stations to be deployed, there is a hint of familiarity about the sides already battling for top flight survival. First Sterling, then Sane, then Silva and then Aguero beat three men each in a game of keep-ball before it fell to Kyle Walker, whose effort is wide of the post. Even fellow English forward Harry Kane can not keep up with these statistics having also scored six goals but bagged just one assist.
It probably says more about Southampton's defending than it does about City's attack, though, to be fair.
"The first season, when the ball arrived in the box he was scared, he was looking, who is the guy I am going to pass the ball?"
But City continued to threaten, and Sane nearly made it five with a vicious left-foot shot from the edge of the area that struck the bar just after the hour.
However, Sterling would make it 4-1 for the hosts just before the break.
Guardiola believes Sterling will add to his astonishing haul of 46 caps, but feels he has room to improve at the age of 23 in his bid to be rated among the world's finest players.