Post-Europe, that is now three wins and a draw for the unbeaten table-toppers, debunking the theory it is those dangerous games that could cost City their title hopes this season.
"Those results have pleased us," coach David Platt told the club's official website.
"We flew to Spain on Tuesday, played in a tough game against Villarreal, then came into this game with the kind of knocks you tend to get in games like that.
"David Silva had one. Samir Nasri was on the bench because he got one on his knee. It is difficult.
"Ideally, you need another 24 hours to get that freshness back into them.
"And although we made half a dozen changes again, it still looked as though the boys had that travelling in their legs.
"We are not going to be as sharp and as bright as we have been in certain games but the beauty of it is we have still taken the three points."