Raheem Sterling not scared anymore, says Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola

Raheem Sterling not scared anymore, says Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola

That goal set the tone for the Saints, who were totally outclassed throughout.

Hazard was only fit enough for a place on the bench on his return from a back injury and his creative spark was badly missed as Chelsea laboured against a well-organised Palace, who also provided a threat on the counter-attack through Wilfried Zaha.

It was Max Meyer who had the visitors' best chance, but the German worldwide, who is still looking for his first Palace goal since a summer move from Schalke, fired over when well-placed on the edge of the area.

Instead, City completely battered Southampton in the first-half.

City were rampant from the off and took the lead after just six minutes when Wesley Hoedt's attempted clearance of a Leroy Sane cross ended up in the back of his own net.

Sterling then quickly laid on the second as Aguero became the ninth player to reach the landmark of 150 Premier League goals.

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Southampton headed into the match winless in six league matches and without a goal in five of them, and what was always going to be a hard task was made even tougher when conceding six minutes in.

What might be more worrying is the company Saints are keeping in that respect with City's other five goal winning margins having come against Burnley, Huddersfield and Cardiff, the latter two being in the bottom three of the Premier League, while the likes of Fulham and Newcastle got off more lightly.

The likes of Gabriel Jesus, Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and John Stones were seen taking part in warm up drills before enjoying a spot of ball work at their state-of-the-art training complex.

Morata, the former Real Madrid and Juventus forward, has now scored five Premier League goals plus another in the Europa League this season.

"The first season, he was scared".

Guardiola believes Sterling will add to his astonishing haul of 46 caps, but feels he has room to improve at the age of 23 in his bid to be rated among the world's finest players. "It's fun to play with this team".

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