Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said that midfielder Raheem Sterling is too young to be considered the World’s best.
Sterling was in eponymous form, netting twice as Manchester City demolished Southampton 6-1 to move to the top of the Premier League table.
Guardiola had high praise for the 23-year-old
“Raheem is a top player. But still he is so young to consider among the world’s best players,” the coach said.
“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 always commits the central defender with a lot of aggression. It was an incredible performance – with and without the ball.
“But still, with the young players like him and Leroy [Sane], I would like to feel that still they can improve. Still he loses simple balls, in the Tottenham game he made an assist in the first minutes but after that he lost a lot of balls.
“Of course, his quality one against one is incredible, and he had an incredible game.
“If he is stable and he focuses on what he has to do to become a better and better player, if he has this on his mind, he can reach whatever he wants.”
Guardiola was pleased with the win, but feels like his team can still improve defensively
“The team has shown me that in some positions and some actions we are not stable enough. But it’s much easier to improve after winning than to improve after losing.
“When they were close to our box there was the feeling they can score goals. In the Champions League if you concede in those situations you are out because the level is higher.”
Now Manchester city have to contend with a Champions League clash in midweek against Shakhtar Donetsk