Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Sterling at the double as Man City hit Saints for six

Sterling at the double as Man City hit Saints for six

Gabriel Jesus netted a hat-trick as Manchester City powered to a 6-0 Champions League victory over Shakhtar Donetsk but they will have to wait to book their place in the last 16 after Hoffenheim netted a late equaliser at Lyon in Group F's other fixture. "He is sharp, fast, clever, fighting, ambitious and is decisive".

"I am grateful for the position I am in, learning and trying to get better".

"He can play on both sides and in the middle and receive the ball behind the lines and always commit the centre-back with a lot of aggression".

Sterling's comments could be seen as a further sign of encouragement, from City's point of view, that he is close to agreeing a new contract with the club.

Raheem Sterling also struck twice while David Silva and Leroy Sane got on the scoresheet after an early Wesley Hoedt own goal in a one-sided contest at the Etihad Stadium.

Since losing to City in its previous Champions League game, Shakhtar Donetsk has rattled off four straight wins across all competitions. I'm so satisfied with the way he's playing this season, but of course strikers need a goal to be completely "okay, I am there".

"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". We can not forget that.

David Silva's through ball appeared to be going out of play but Aguero showed impressive persistence to chase and pull it back for Sterling who, first miskicked but then shot past Saints goalkeeper Alex McCarthy from six yards. "I spoke many times with Sergio".

The champions were at their sumptuous best at times today, opening up a 3-0 lead within just 18 minutes of the kickoff.

"That is the game gone right from the outset", manager Mark Hughes said. Now you have the feeling, where is the goal and go over there'.

"It is hard when you are down", Hughes added.

"In my era we had very physical teams that might have on a terrible day in November or December, on a boggy pitch, on a surface that wasn't quite so great, you might have been able to intimidate a very good team", Townsend said.

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