Sterling on 1st Champions League hat trick: ‘I should have had four’

Nicholas Mendola

Raheem Sterling was sounding a bit like his very particular manager in discussing his incredible performance on Tuesday.

Sterling scored an 11-minute hat trick in the second half after setting up two goals in the first half of Manchester City’s 5-1 comeback win against Atalanta at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.

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“I should have had four,” Sterling said. “Riyad Mahrez put me through and I was looking to put one on a plate for him. But I went through and should have finished it.”

The aforementioned manager, Pep Guardiola, would later echo the notion, while crediting his winger for a complete performance.

“Raheem Sterling was brilliant,” he said. “He could have scored one more. Not just with the ball, without the ball, he helps us a lot.”

City is now 3-0 on the group stage, setting itself up well for the next two UCL match days, which are in close proximity to big Premier League matches against Liverpool and Chelsea.

Atalanta started well and took a lead when Josip Ilicic won a penalty off Fernandinho, but once City found its way, well, see ya later.

“It was difficult with them going man for man, it was tough to get space. But we had to stay patient, wait for a chance and take them when they came.”

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