Tuesday , March 9 2021

Manchester City vs Southampton: Raheem Sterling wants fans to sing their name the whole season after two goalscreen



Raheem Sterling hopes to give Manchester City fans a lot more reason to sing his name after playing in Sunday's demolition of Southampton.

England ahead retained its brilliant latest form by making two goals and setting three more as the champions drove back to the top of the Premier League with a 6-1 win at the Etihad Stadium.

The crowd reveled in his performance and their praise was not lost at the 23-year-old.

"I love it when they sing, I'm top of the league," said Sterling. "I have to try and make them sing it.

& # 39;Raheem Sterling, he's top in the league "is the chant he can not get enough of (AFP/ Getty Images)

"I like to play at Etihad at any time. It's a great stadium coming here watching my family and everyone."

Sterling comments could be seen as an additional sign of encouragement from the city's point of view that he is close to agreeing on a new agreement with the club.

The former Liverpool player's current arrangement expires at the end of next season, but reports last week that he had verbally agreed on a new deal after months of conversation.

Whether confirmed in the coming days, as proposed, remains to be seen, but City and Sterling are really in good shape heading into a big week.

Manchester City face Shakhtar Donestsk and Manchester United in their next two matches (REUTERS)

City hosted Shakhtar Donestsk in the Champions League on Wednesday before hosting rivals Manchester United next Sunday.

"They will be tough games," said Sterling. "It's a massive week ahead, starting with Shakhtar. It's the most important game. We must try to win it and then go into the derby."

The city was furious against Saints and all but packed the game inside the opening 18 minutes. Wesley Hoedt joined his own network before Sergio Aguero emptied his 150th Premier League goal and David Silva struck a third. Sterling hit twice on both sides of the break and then passed a hat-trick chance by testing the Leroy Sane late sixth.

Sterling said: "It was a good team performance today. The boys started really well and we were fantastic without the ball, not just with the ball. We needed to capitalize on Liverpool's vintage points and I thought we were brilliant at times.

"In football, it's hardest to make goals and we've done it. We were ruthless and took the chance. That's what it's at this highest level.

"You can not say they did not defend well – you have to put the ball on the back of the net. That's the most important thing. We have players here who are ruthless right now and so long it's allowed to continue."

Southampton's only comfort came from ending his goalkeeper, with Danny Ing's penalty as their first strike in six games. Nevertheless, it was a one-sided competition and left holy without a victory at seven.

Midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg told the club's website: "We feel terrible. I can only say again, thanks and sorry for the fans and sorry for the Southampton Football Club.

"It's hard to put the game into words. You become emotional, you get frustrated, you'll be disappointed – you have to turn it around and use it as a fire and use it as a fuel to go ahead and give it all next Saturday for a win.

"We take responsibility for what we do, take it on the hook and grow with it."

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