Published: Mon, November 05, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Raheem Sterling not scared anymore, says Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola

Raheem Sterling not scared anymore, says Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola

Sterling was the pick of the attacking talents during Sunday's match at the Etihad Stadium, scoring two goals and providing three assists as City raced into a 3-0 lead inside 18 minutes.

"He is sharp, fast, clever, fighting, ambitious and he's decisive". Still he loses simple balls, in the Tottenham game he made an assist in the first minutes but after that he lost a lot of balls.

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.

An own goal from Wesley Hoedt and strikes from David Silva and Sergio Aguero put the game beyond Hughes' beleaguered side with less than 20 minutes on the clock, even with Danny Ings' penalty reducing the deficit after half an hour.

City were on top right from kick-off with Sterling and Aguero proving hard to handle for the Southampton defence; and just five minutes in, had taken the lead.

City restored its three-goal cushion on the stroke of halftime with Aguero taking advantage of a mistake by Cedric Soares and crossing for Sterling to score his fifth league goal of the season.

"The difference is in his head", said Guardiola.

But Guardiola said it was too early to claim that Sterling is one of the best players in the world as he still needs to increase his consistency.

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"But it is fantastic to have this feeling that it doesn't matter what the score is - it is not over". We've had an inconsistent start to the season and every point is huge for us.


"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? We were brilliant at times today", said the former Liverpool forward.

"If he is stable and he focuses on what he has to do to become a better and better player, if he has this on his mind, he can reach whatever he wants".

"We were lucky to score the fourth goal at the last minute of the first half because I had the feeling the game was not over", added Guardiola. The teams showed me some signals that in some positions we are not stable enough.

"But it is good".

It was a view with which Southampton manager Mark Hughes, victor of just four of his 19 league games in charge of the south coast side, would doubtless agree.

"After Liverpool dropped points it was important that we won".

The 23-year-old has improved hugely since the arrival of Guardiola but the City boss says the players deserve the credit for their willingness to learn.

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