Guardiola: It is not decisive to be top of Premier League table

Guardiola: It is not decisive to be top of Premier League table

And manager Pep Guardiola says his incredible stats are a result of him improving the mental side of his game.

Guardiola was effusive in his assessment of the England winger's performance, but resisted the opportunity to rank Sterling as one of the game's leading performers.

"I have the feeling he is now enjoying scoring goals and making assists". He is becoming a winning player and he is just 23 years old.

"We were poor in that opening period, you have to be resolute to keep back an outstanding City team", said Hughes. "But still he is so young to consider among the world's best players", said the Catalan.

"He is in incredible form right now, he's, sharp, fast, clever, fighting, ambitious, decisive, can play on both sides, in the middle, and receives the ball behind lines".

"He was looking, who is the guy I am going to pass the ball to?"

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

Five minutes had gone when Aguero orchestrated an attack on the edge of the Southampton area, David Siva then moving the ball on to the overlapping Sane, whose cross was turned into his own goal by Saints' Wesley Hoedt.

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However, Sterling's first goal just before half-time set City up for a comfortable second half in which they scored two more - another from Sterling and a Leroy Sane strike.

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.

"But the team sent me some signals today that in some positions, some actions, we are not stable enough".

"The first season (after Guardiola took charge), he was scared", the City boss said.

"We concede a lot of corner kicks and with the best taker in the league like Southampton had [James Ward-Prowse]".

"I thought it was a great team performance".

"We can improve and that is good. In the Champions League if you concede in those situations you are out because the level is higher".

And Sterling, whose side face Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Wednesday, said he was delighted with the display.

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