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Raheem Sterling: Pep Guardiola had a go at me during Man City v West Ham

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Raheem Sterling was the man of the match in Manchester City’s 3-1 win against West Ham.

The England winger was asked if he was “reborn” after scoring twice at the Etihad, meaning he has now contributed to five goals in his last three appearances.

But Pep Guardiola, ever the perfectionist, wanted to see even more from Sterling.

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The City manager was forced to sweat in the second half as his players missed chance after chance to put the game to bed.

They were almost made to pay for their wastefulness when Michail Antonio halved the deficit 13 minutes after the restart.

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But Sterling’s injury-time goal secured the three points that take City to the top of the pile, where they sit with Manchester United and Chelsea.

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Greedy

Having Sterling in top form boosts the Citizens' chances of winning the title, and it’s for that reason why Guardiola wants the 21-year-old to be greedy when he’s in an inspired mood.

“Reborn? I keep seeing that word,” Sterling replied when asked about his return to form, per City's website.

“It was a difficult first season at a new club but the manager Pep Guardiola has come in and given me a lot of authority to go forward.

"He even had go at me for not dribbling as much."

City’s defence still needs work - the manner in which Gael Clichy was beaten at the far post by Antonio proves that - but they looked assured going forward and were 2-0 up inside 20 minutes.

"We have players that get into pockets and good with one-twos,” Sterling added. “We had good build-up and I got in a good position for the first goal.”

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