Published: Mon, November 05, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Raheem Sterling Scores Double As Manchester City Hit Southampton For Six

Raheem Sterling Scores Double As Manchester City Hit Southampton For Six

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. 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. "We were brilliant at times today", said the former Liverpool forward. "But still he is so young to consider among the world's best players", said the Catalan.

"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". Hopefully he can be more ambitious and think he can improve.

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

"Any other work you've prepared in the week and the game plan that you want to implement against a very good Manchester City side goes out of the window when you concede so early", said Hughes.

"Opening period is always important in any game and we didn't really acquit ourselves well".

"This game isn't going to define our season and we need to make sure we are better when we play teams that aren't as good as City".

A Wesley Hoedt own goal after just six minutes set the tone and it was 3-0 just 12 minutes later after strikes from Sergio Aguero and David Silva.

Chelsea, one of three unbeaten sides, have 27 points from 11 games - two fewer than leaders Manchester City - and lead Liverpool in third on goal difference.

Sterling then netted either side of the break to complete an impressive personal performance, while Sane added a late sixth to cap off a fine afternoon for Pep Guardiola's men.

City are scoring at a marginally faster rate than they did while racking up a record 106 goals last season, and they made a devastating start at the Etihad that finished the game as a contest within 18 minutes of kick-off. The Germany worldwide played a short ball across goal and Hoedt diverted it into the back of his own net. I like to have that feeling that we won 6-1 and are top but at the same time we have to improve in many situations to be a more stable team. "In the Champions League if you concede in those situations you are out because the level is higher".

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