Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Raheem Sterling strikes twice as Manchester City go top with Southampton rout

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Michele Schwartz | 05 November, 2018, 23:27

Pep Guardiola has warned rivals there is more to come from Raheem Sterling after the winger inspired Manchester City to a 6-1 rout of Southampton which sent them back to the top of the Premier League.

The Argentine is only the third player in the Premier League era to reach the goal tally for a single club.

Manchester City returned to the top of the Premier League after a thorough demolishing of Southampton at the Etihad on Sunday.

The forward scored on what was also his 217th league appearance for City, who he joined from Atletico Madrid in 2011.

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.

Aguero has achieved a number of goalscoring highs for City in the previous year, becoming the club's all-time top goalscorer against Napoli in November 2017.

City needed only five minutes to take the lead with an own-goal from Wesley Hoedt following a neat move involving Aguero, David Silva and Leroy Sane. "We were not stable behind", he said.

It may be harsh to single out one Southampton defender given they were all dire, but Hoedt arguably endured the most hard outing, haplessly giving City the lead.

City restored their three-goal advantage before the interval, however, thanks to Sterling's simple finish past McCarthy after Aguero kept the ball in play and squared it to his teammate, though the Englishman required a couple of bites of the cherry after miscuing his initial shot.

"I've got to try to keep making them sing it", he said. He is tied along with Eden HAZARD of Chelsea and Pierre-Emerick AUBAMEYANG of Arsenal. "Maybe one day they don't score, and then the team doesn't score at all".

"The first season, he was scared".

The hosts were guilty of taking their foot off the gas in the second half, and it could have been game on again as James Ward-Prowse and Ings both had attempts kept out by Ederson - the latter nodding a corner downward to force the Brazilian into a fine stop down low.

Sterling did in the 67th minute when he latched onto Aguero's perfectly-weighted pass to score his second goal of the afternoon.

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