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Grateful Raheem Sterling admits Man City were ‘brilliant’ in 6-1 Southampton rout

Raheem Sterling has said that Manchester City’s performance in their 6-1 thrashing of Southampton was simply ‘brilliant at times’ while also admitting that he is ‘grateful’ for the opportunities he is being afforded.

While Sterling is a much-maligned figure within the British media and is often criticised for his lack of end product in front of goal – especially for England – he is firmly one of the first names on the teamsheet for Man City manager Pep Guardiola.

The former Liverpool attacker came up with the goods for the champions once again this afternoon, scoring twice as well as providing two assists as City absolutely hammered Premier League strugglers Southampton, who are of course managed by former Blues boss Mark Hughes.

Speaking after the game, and passing up the opportunity to score his hat-trick in order to play in Leroy Sane for the sixth goal, Sterling described his side’s performance as brilliant:

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“I thought it was a great team performance. Not just with the ball. We were brilliant at times today,” he told BBC’s Match of the Day.

“Leroy [Sane] is always a man who looks up for me. He always has his eyes open. I was on a hat-trick but I am happy to set one up for him.

“I am grateful for the position I am in, learning and trying to get better. It is great times at the moment.

“After Liverpool dropped points it was important that we won today. They are a brilliant side.”

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