Manchester City have all but qualified for the Champions League knockout stages after making it three wins from three with a 5-1 hammering of Atalanta at the Etihad.
The Serie A side quietened the home crowd by taking the lead on 28 minutes via a Ruslan Malinovskyi penalty, but Man City striker Sergio Aguero soon hit back for the hosts and then repeated the trick to send Pep Guardiola’s side in at the break 2-1 up.
City turned the screw during the second period and the superb Raheem Sterling stole the show with a nine minute hat-trick.
However, there were some causes for concern for Guardiola with talented youngster Phil Foden sent off for two bookable offences and midfielder/makeshift centre-back Rodri further adding to the clubs defensive woes by limping off with what looked like a pulled hamstring.
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Speaking after the game Guardiola was delighted with the performance of his side and his red hot attacker, Sterling.
“It was a really good result,” Guardiola told BT Sport.
”The way Atalanta played created that. It was man to man all over the stadium, it was not comfortable, we’re not used to playing against these teams.
“It was no surprise Atalanta finished third last season in Italy and even this season, they’re playing well so it’s an incredible result. It’s three more points. One more win and we’ll be in the next stage.
“Raheem Sterling was brilliant. He could have scored one more. Not just with the ball, without the ball, he helps us a lot.”