Raheem Sterling shines as Manchester City reclaim top spot

05 November, 2018, 13:00 | Author: Irvin Gilbert
  • Gabriel Jesus has only scored against Huddersfield and Oxford this season

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.

Guardiola's side have now won eight of their past nine matches across all competitions, although Ings' penalty was the first league goal they have conceded in six games.

"When you have a bad period, it takes long to recover". "I spoke many times with Sergio".

"You can come here and get everybody behind the ball and try and see out 90 minutes".

Hazard was only fit enough for a place on the bench on his return from a back injury and his creative spark was badly missed as Chelsea laboured against a well-organised Palace, who also provided a threat on the counter-attack through Wilfried Zaha.

"I thought it was a great team performance, not just with the ball".

"That was a frustration for me because we talked a lot about what we were going to do and very quickly that game plan went out of the window so that was why I was frustrated".

It was Max Meyer who had the visitors' best chance, but the German global, who is still looking for his first Palace goal since a summer move from Schalke, fired over when well-placed on the edge of the area.

Sterling scored twice and claimed three assists in City's 6-1 demolition of Southampton just days after verbally agreeing a new five-year contract with the Premier League champions.

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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.

The Argentine keeps scoring for City and the one he netted against Southampton was his 150th Premier League goal for Manchester City.

It appeared City were capable of scoring nearly at will and a slick move saw them make it three in the 18th minute.

A fifth home goal would arrive with around a quarter of the game to play, however, as Sterling fired the ball across McCarthy from an angle once teed up Aguero, shortly after Sane had curled a shot against the frame of the goal.

Sterling, 23, has now been directly involved in 39 Premier League goals since the start of last season, only Mohamed Salah (50) has been involved in more.

"Liverpool probably played the best against them, because they hassled and harried them and then you have a chance".

The win moved City two points clear of Liverpool, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Arsenal on Saturday, and Sterling was pleased to take advantage after his former club slipped up.

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.

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