Raheem Sterling shines as Manchester City reclaim top spot

John Stones is wanted by Manchester City for the 'long-term', says Pep Guardiola

John Stones is wanted by Manchester City for the 'long-term', says Pep Guardiola

The Manchester City manager was recognised for his side's Premier League title last season and the club are again setting the pace this season, with nine wins in 11 games.

The former Real Madrid striker gave Chelsea a barely deserved half-time lead from an uninspired first 45 minutes.

Chelsea reacted by bringing on dangerman Eden Hazard and Mateo Kovacic, and within minutes, were back in front.

"The only difference is we do it far away from our goal".

"When you have a bad period, it takes long to recover".

"I have the feeling he is now enjoying scoring goals and making assists".

"I have to do meetings but they already know things about the opponent because a lot of preparation for games they know exactly what they have to do".

"Leroy is always a man who looks up for me", said Sterling.

Raheem Sterling put in an incredible performance this afternoon as Manchester City tore apart Southampton in clinical fashion, the game eventually finishing with the score 6-1.

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Despite the emphatic nature of City's victory, Guardiola admitted his side's defending can improve after Southampton squandered chances to narrow the deficit.

Kevin De Bruyne has assisted six goals in his last 12 Champions League appearances for Manchester City, including one against Shakhtar on MD3 - all assists have been for different players (David Silva, John Stones, Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling, Ilkay Gundogan and Aymeric Laporte).

It was the Argentine's 150th league goal for City, a landmark that moved him level with Michael Owen in eighth place on the Premier League's all-time goalscoring list. 'We go game by game.

It was a rare mistake from goalkeeper Ederson that led to the Saints goal, the Brazilian diving unnecessarily at the feet of Danny Ings and tripping the forward, who convincingly shot home the penalty.

Manchester City have denied there is an Etihad factor that works against them in the Champions League.

Belgium global De Bruyne was ruled out with another knee injury, but that had little impact as City blew poor Saints away, Aguero taking his tally to 150 goals in 217 league appearances, while the excellent Sterling got himself a brace.

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.

Sane completed the rout with a sixth in the closing minutes, picking out the bottom-left corner from the edge of the box after being found on the break by Sterling.

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