Manchester City's Pep Guardiola hails 'calm' Raheem Sterling after Everton win

Manchester City's Pep Guardiola hails 'calm' Raheem Sterling after Everton win

The Croatia global was hardly given a fair crack in the Premier League during his first year in English football and could still turn out to be a top player in the division. We knew they had the quality to command the match.

"Today it was in our minds we were going to suffer and so we did. We don't want to be injured, but maybe this injury helped us", said Guardiola.

"Of course he has to recover his full condition and he has to compete with the players who have done incredibly good so far, but when you have more players we can rotate it more".

Benjamin Mendy has undergone knee surgery for the second time in two seasons, while David Silva, Fernandinho, Sergio Aguero and Danilo have all been on the sidelines of late.

Guardiola added that the recent spate of injuries will not change City's plans in January. I am getting confidence and better every day so I am really happy with that.

Sterling scored three minutes after coming off the bench in the 3-1 victory over Everton to send City back to the top of the Premier League ahead of Liverpool's clash with Manchester United.

Everton's remaining December fixtures include defending champions Manchester City, who will be looking to overtake Everton's arch-rivals Liverpool, as well as Tottenham Hotspur, Burnley and Brighton & Hove Albion. The Spaniard has won just one of his four meetings with the Merseysiders.

Nikola Vlasic left Everton on loan in the summer for CSKA Moscow and it's safe to say he may not be the most popular figure at Goodison Park right now.

Since Moyes' tenure, the club have been unable to find consistency in the league and Everton have only finished in the top six once since the Scotsman's departure.

'Strikers need to score goals and this was so important for him.

FW Riyad Mahrez, 6 - His clever jink past Lucas Digne earned the former Barcelona defender an early yellow card and from then on the winger had the beating of him but frustratingly couldn't create enough chances.

After the busy Christmas period we will have a clearer idea as to where Everton will finish and should they start to drop down the table.

Everton boss Marco Silva has praised Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola ahead of the meeting between the two sides tomorrow, and Guardiola has paid tribute to Everton forward Richarlison.

Huddersfield had 73.6% of the possession against Newcastle, the highest of any side to lose a Premier League game this season.

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