Guardiola: Raheem Sterling is no longer 'scared'

Ross Houston
November 5, 2018

You can easily imagine they might have been Mark Hughes' parting words to his Saints side as they left the changing room to take on the might of Manchester City.

City scored a fourth in first-half stoppage time after Aguero had robbed Cedric Soares as the Southampton defender was attempting to usher the ball out for a corner.

Leroy Sane has said that he and his Manchester City teammates are really enjoying playing together after they beat a sorry Southampton 6-1 at the Etihad.

"In football the hardest thing is to score goals and we have done that".

While numerous bottom sides could be considered the "usual suspects", the sight of Sean Dyche's Burnley - who finished seventh with 54 points last season - is a little surprising.

His late goal against the Saints moved him level with David Silva and Bernardo Silva on three goals, though he is still behind Riyad Mahrez, who has four, Raheem Sterling, who has six, and Sergio Aguero, who has seven. It was an incredible performance with and without the ball but still with the young guys like him and Leroy [Sane], I would like to feel they can still improve.

Suffice to say, Aguero is quite far ahead in the list of Manchester City's all-time Premier League goalscorers.

His two assists and brace in the thrashing of Southampton at the Etihad took his season's tally to six goals and five assists in nine starts as he looks every bit of the €63 million signing the Citizens forked out for his services from Liverpool in 2015.

It appeared City were capable of scoring nearly at will and a slick move saw them make it three in the 18th minute. First Sterling, then Sane, then Silva and then Aguero beat three men each in a game of keep-ball before it fell to Kyle Walker, whose effort is wide of the post.

"It's so important not to just have one or two players who score the goals", Sane said.

However there was never a hint that Southampton might be able to launch anything resembling a fightback and City ended the half as they had begun it - by scoring.

But City continued to threaten, and Sane nearly made it five with a vicious left-foot shot from the edge of the area that struck the bar just after the hour.

Sterling bagged his second of the game on 67 minutes to cap a fine individual display from the England attacker.

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