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

Florence Fletcher
November 5, 2018

"We were brilliant at times today", said the former Liverpool forward.

"We were more than a little bit too passive defensively", said Hughes.

One goal became two six minutes later as the division's highest scorers went through the gears, with Aguero tapping in at the back post for his landmark 150th Premier League goal following some good work from Sterling. He believes more in himself.

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. But it's much easier to improve after winning than to improve after losing.

"He is a top player but still is so young to be considered the world's best", said the City boss.

"He is in incredible form, he is sharp, fast, clever, fighting, decisive, he can play both sides and can play in the middle and receive the ball between the lines and commit the centre-banks with a lot of aggression".

"It was an incredible performance but still with the young guys like him and Leroy [Sane] I would feel he can improve".

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

An own goal from Wesley Hoedt and strikes from David Silva and Sergio Aguero put the game beyond Hughes' beleaguered side with less than 20 minutes on the clock, even with Danny Ings' penalty reducing the deficit after half an hour.

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Sterling got in on the act on the stroke of half-time and doubled his tally for the day with 23 minutes left, and Leroy Sane added a sixth in stoppage-time as City emphatically returned to the Premier League summit.

"After Liverpool dropped points it was important that we won", he added.

"I tried to score in the game, but the whole team was really strong".

"We played with the ball so good but not without the ball".

He said: "The team has shown me that in some positions and some actions we are not stable enough".

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

"In the second half we were better and attacking-wise we had good moments, but we were never going to get anything out of this game unfortunately because of the opening period".

And the lead atop the table is just two points heading into a week with a Champions League visit from Shakhtar Donetsk and City's home Manchester Derby.

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