Mark Hughes angered by Southampton's sorry start at Manchester City

Raheem Sterling scored twice as Manchester City brushed aside Southampton 6-1

Raheem Sterling scored twice as Manchester City brushed aside Southampton 6-1

Sterling unselfishly squared for Sane in second-half stoppage time to allow the Germany global to score City's sixth, and he said the winger often does the same in return. "Any other work you have prepared and the game plan you want to implement goes out the window".

"We spoke about that and said "try to score goals".

"He is a top player but still is so young to be considered the world's best", said the City boss.

"He is in incredible form, he is sharp, fast, clever, fighting, decisive, he can play both sides and can play in the middle and receive the ball between the lines and commit the centre-backs with a lot of aggressiveness". He is stable and is focused on what he has to do to become a better player. It was an incredible performance - with and without the ball.

"Still he loses simple balls, like the Tottenham game, when he made an wonderful assist in the first few minutes but then lost a lot of balls".

The Citizens had their ninth top-flight win of the season wrapped up with less than a quarter of the game played, finding themselves three goals to the good through a Wesley Hoedt own goal and strikes from Sergio Aguero and David Silva.

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"The key is to keep our concentration for as long as we can, and they are human, so they will make mistakes too".

Sterling then netted either side of the break to complete an impressive personal performance, while Sane added a late sixth to cap off a fine afternoon for Pep Guardiola's men.

Southampton did, however, pull a goal back after half an hour, becoming the first English team to score against City since Newcastle at the Etihad at the start of September.

Hazard took a free kick on the right and the ball eluded several players in the penalty box before reaching the unmarked Morata at the back post, and he struck his fourth goal in his last four league games.

Southampton headed into the match winless in six league matches and without a goal in five of them, and what was always going to be a hard task was made even tougher when conceding six minutes in.

And Sterling, whose side face Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Wednesday, said he was delighted with the display. The top teams drop points, we need to win. The teams showed me some signals that in some positions we are not stable enough.

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