Sterling plans to give Man City fans more to sing about

Lynette Rowe
November 5, 2018

"I don't think we were battered by Chelsea today", said Palace manager Roy Hodgson.

Meanwhile, Raheem Sterling scored twice fresh from agreeing a new five-year contract with Manchester City as the champions swept aside Southampton 6-1 to return to the top of the Premier League table. "We spoke about that in training and said try to score goals".

Demarai Gray, a member of the Leicester squad that won the Premier League in 2016, scored the only goal of the game, revealing a T-shirt that read "For Khun Vichai" before he was mobbed by his teammates.

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.

Sergio Aguero celebrating a goal for Manchester City.

"It makes us so hungry to win the game and to score a lot of goals".

The ex-Liverpool man then knocked the ball back for Aguero to put away from close range for his 150th Premier League goal.

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They settled for six goals in the end - the fourth time in 11 Premier League games that they have scored at least five times in a game - and might easily have scored more had the occasion demanded more ruthlessness.

Ings's penalty - after Ederson hauled him down - saw Saints pull one back, but Sterling restored the three-goal cushion just before the interval, slotting home after tireless work from Aguero.

Sane, Sterling, Silva and Aguero can be seen passing the ball amongst themselves inside the Southampton area before, eventually, losing it.

So it's fair to say that being 3-0 down after just 18 minutes was about as bad a start as it could have been for Saints who just seemed frozen.

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.

"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?"

Guardiola believes Sterling will add to his astonishing haul of 46 caps, but feels he has room to improve at the age of 23 in his bid to be rated among the world's finest players.

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