"He can do what he wants": Pep Guardiola believes the sky is the limit for Raheem Sterling as the Manchester City winger remains in excellent form
- Pep Guardiola believes that Raheem Sterling in Manchester City can be even better
- Sterling scored twice and delivered two assists to beating Southampton
- England International was in excellent shape and full of confidence
Chris Wheeler for the Daily Mail
Pep Guardiola believes that the sky is the limit for Raheem Sterling, after it was declared that the English star is no longer afraid of the goal.
Sterling scored twice and made three assists as champions beat Southampton 6-1 in the Etihad to climb back to the top of the table.
The 23-year performance showed why City is so keen to tie him to a new long-term contract worth up to £ 300,000 a week.
Pep Guardiola, manager of Manchester City, praised the winger Raheem Sterling
Sterling scored 23 goals under Guardiola last term after scoring ten goals in his first season at City. He already has six terms and the city boss believes he has learned to be more courageous in front of the gate.
Asked what changed, Guardiola replied, "His head. In the first season he was afraid. He wanted to pass the ball. He was looking for his buddy.
"We talked about it and said," Try to score goals. It does not matter if you miss it – be aggressive. "I feel like he's enjoying goals and assistants now.
"He's becoming a successful player and is only 23 years old, we can not forget that, if he's going to become a better player and think, 'It's not enough, like I'm a footballer,' he can achieve what he wants. "
Guardiola believes that sterling can achieve anything he wants with its quality
RAHEEM STERLING & # 39; s RECORD THIS SEASON
Premier League: Nine games, six goals, five assists
Champions League: Three games
Carabao Cup: A game
Total: 12 games, four goals, four assists
Guardiola believes there is still room for improvement for Sterling.
He said, "He's incredible, but I think he can improve.
"He's a top player but he's still so young to be among the best players in the world."
The city's comprehensive victory over Southampton took them back to the top of the Premier League table, two points ahead of their closest challengers Chelsea and Liverpool.
Guardiola's side host Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Wednesday before joining Manchester United in the Premier League four days later.