Enthusiasm Guardiola hailed Raheem Sterling as a “remarkable” ability after his 11-minute second-half cap stunt helped Manchester City obliterate Atalanta and keep up their 100% beginning in Champions League Group C.
Sterling is City’s driving scorer with 12 objectives in 13 games in all rivalries this season and this most recent merciless showcase exhibited again what a powerful finisher he has moved toward becoming.
Guardiola feels there is significantly more to his game than simply his goalscoring be that as it may, clarifying subsequently: “His physicality is mind blowing. He is solid – the day after the game, he could play another game – his recovery is staggering.
“He can play the two sides and he is quick in this way, protectively, he causes us a ton. He is an uncommon, remarkable player.”
Sterling’s treble, which pursued a first-half Sergio Aguero twofold, transformed this game into another unequivocal articulation of City’s assaulting power however it was an a long way from ideal night for Guardiola.
Rodri limped off with hamstring damage before half-time and Phil Foden was sent off without precedent for his profession for two late appointments.
There was another token of City’s present guarded powerlessness as well, when a Ruslan Malinovskyi punishment gave Atalanta an unexpected lead after Fernandinho cumbersomely fouled Josip Ilicic.
City, who started with a new three-man safeguard, had demonstrated some early vulnerability at the back and set aside some effort to get into their walk going ahead.
Be that as it may, Aguero immediately leveled from short proximity when he kept running on to Sterling’s in-swinging cross and the Argentine terminated City ahead from the spot before half-time in the wake of Sterling was fouled by Andrea Masiello.
Sterling took over goalscoring obligations after the break, right off the bat when he adjusted a fine move including Riyad Mahrez, Kevin de Bruyne and Foden.
At this point Atalanta’s resistance had totally disintegrated and Sterling before long exploited, running on to an Ilkay Gundogan pass and cutting inside past Rafael Toloi before finding the net.
After five minutes Sterling made it 5-1 when he kept running on to a Mahrez cross, and he ought to have added to his count before the end when he terminated wide in the wake of running clear.
Foden, making just his second beginning of the period, saw red a little ways from time subsequent to being reserved for hauling back Marten de Roon as he molded to shoot.
The 19-year-old’s first yellow card had come six minutes sooner when he went head to head with Malinovskyi in midfield, and seemed brutal.
It is not yet clear how genuine Rodri’s damage is, however Guardiola indicated his disappointment as John Stones arranged to supplant him, pummeling the back of one of the seats in his burrow.
He benefited have news, in any case. Shakhtar Donetsk’s draw with Dinamo Zagreb prior on Tuesday implies a success in Italy when these different sides meet again on 6 November will seal City’s advancement to the last 16 for a seventh progressive year.