Raheem Sterling shines as Manchester City reclaim top spot

John Stones is ready to commit his future to Manchester City

John Stones is ready to commit his future to Manchester City

Raheem Sterling struck twice as Premier League leaders Manchester City crushed Southampton at the Etihad Stadium, the fourth time they have scored five or more goals in the 11 games so far this season.

When asked what had changed in the forward, Guardiola replied: "His head".

"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?"

"I was lucky at the end with the goal", said Sane. Now you have the feeling, where is the goal and go over there. The English forward was at the top of his game providing two assists and scoring two goals on an incredible night for the current title holders. He is becoming a winning player. Scoring in the last minute of the first-half made it better for us in the second. He believes more in himself.

Guardiola was asked if Sterling can now be considered amongst the world's best players, but replied that the England worldwide still has work to do to be ranked as such.

There was also special praise for two-goal, two assist Raheem Sterling - plus the promise that Leroy Sane can become even better, as the boss added: "Raheem is a top player".

"He is sharp, fast, clever, fighting, ambitious and he's decisive".

"I thought it was a great team performance".

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

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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.

Sterling struck again to make it 5-1, drilling into the bottom corner after being slipped in by the unselfish Aguero and Sane completed the rout in stoppage time.

Pep Guardiola says it is a joy to manage his players.

It was the first goal City had conceded in seven games, and left Guardiola annoyed with his side's defending. Their crosses were always risky, and we had problems controlling long balls. We were not stable behind.

"I am grateful for the position I am in, learning and trying to get better".

"We can improve and that is good".

Southampton, who had kept back-to-back clean sheets prior to today, were given a route back into the match half an hour in as Ederson raced off his line and wiped out Liverpool loanee Ings, leaving referee Lee Mason with no choice but to point to the penalty spot.

"When you concede those situations in next stage of Champions League you are out because the level is higher".

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