Raheem Sterling is no longer scared - Man City boss Pep Guardiola

John Stones is ready to commit his future to Manchester City

John Stones is ready to commit his future to Manchester City

The City winger scored twice and provided two assists in Sunday's 6-1 win over Southampton in the Premier League as Guardiola's side returned to the top of the table.

Between them, the bottom seven of Crystal Palace, Burnley, Southampton, Newcastle United, Cardiff City, Fulham and Huddersfield Town have combined for just eight victories from 75 matches.

When asked what had changed in the forward, Guardiola replied: "His head".

Cardiff City were many people's tip for an instant return to the Championship - and though manager Neil Warnock has been happy with his sides effort, passion and commitment - it already looks like a long season ahead.

"It's a big strength for us that anyone can score the goals, and we have that hunger", he said.

In truth, one of them probably should have just had a shot but you can't blame them for wanting to score the flawless goal.

He would have known, as would the team, that they were in for a hard afternoon regardless, but that if you let City get away in the early stages then the result is a foregone conclusion.

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"But we also have a hunger to give each other assists, it makes things easier".

And Pep Guardiola's side were never going to pass up that opportunity, were they?

And Sane says the Catalan's demands help to keep the squad on their toes. He is becoming a winning player.

No matter what Raheem Sterling does, he always seems to struggle to convince his many critics that he actually is any good at all.

City are scoring at a marginally faster rate than they did while racking up a record 106 goals last season, and they made a devastating start at the Etihad that finished the game as a contest within 18 minutes of kick-off.

Losing a player of De Bruyne's quality for three months - the time he will have missed by the end of his latest lay-off - in a single season would be enough to derail any club's title challenge, but City did not really miss him before and they were exceptional without him again. "I love playing with David Silva but maybe when the time is over for David to play, Bernardo can take his place".

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