Sterling Thanks Guardiola For Boost In Form

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Manchester City 3 -1 West Ham

Raheem Sterling believes Pep Guardiola should take the credit for his boost in form, after scoring a brace in the 3-1 win over West Ham.

The England international struggled to make an impact under Pellegrini after joining from Liverpool.

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However, Sterling has notched two goals and assisted three under Pep Guardiola.

He said to Sky Sports: “Reborn? I keep seeing that word. It’s not unfair – obviously it was a difficult first season getting to know the club, but Pep Guardiola has come in and given us a lot of courage.

“I’m not saying Manuel didn’t do that, but the manager has come in and given me authority to go forward.

“He even had a go at me in the first half for not dibbling as much as I should do. So credit for him for really giving me that boost.”

Sterling scored the first and last of the match’s four goals on Sunday, his first rounding off a slick team-move and his second – in stoppage-time – a brilliant effort from a tight angle.

He continued: “We have players that get in pockets and are really good with one-twos. Credit to the boys, they had a cracking build-up on the left-hand side and it was my chance to get in there and get into a good position – luckily I did.

“For the second, if I did not pass and it hit the post, I would have probably got caned by my team-mates for it. I thought it was a difficult one to square back and that I would take my luck and shoot.”



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