However, surging television revenues, commercial sponsors and regular Champions League football mean that City now trail only local rivals Manchester United and European powerhouses Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich for income, according to football finance specialists Deloitte.
At the end of the first 45 minute, two additional minutes was added as City came close to netting third before half time.
"Once you win, you get used to winning and that's not a bad thing".
They have looked sharp once again so far in the early stages of the campaign, though there have been some minor slip-ups, something which didn't happen often during their dominant surge last season. Something that I'd never seen before. And this goes for all areas, from the goalkeeper through to the striker.
"After an global break it's always a mystery how you'll come back, and Fulham asked us a lot of questions". So, yes, I've improved in that sense.
While City won the Premier League at a canter last season, things didn't go quite so well for Silva's boyhood club Las Palmas as they suffered relegation from La Liga.
"Other teams have strengthened", he said. John Terry supported Manchester United before becoming Chelsea captain and of course Harry Kane has that famous picture of him in an Arsenal shirt.More news: Gennady Golovkin vows to put record straight against Saul 'Canelo' Álvarez
"I don't need to explain to my players when they miss passes or if they don't cross well".
Silva's contract at Etihad Stadium expires in two years' time - when he will be 35 - and the midfielder is open-minded about where his long-term future lies.
"I don't know what his release clause is", he told a news conference. It depends on how I feel physically and mentally.
"I really care about our positional play, if we are not in good positions mistakes arrive", he said.
"The last 10 years has seen us become economically scaled and sustainable, as we had planned, and that economic success is crucially important because it underpins everything else we do on the pitch and in our communities".