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Pellegrini: Sterling can score even more goals

City supporters can get used to hat-trick hero Raheem Sterling’s name appearing on the scoresheet, according to his manager.

Fresh from watching his summer signing net three times in the 5-1 win over Bournemouth, Manuel Pellegrini declared that the England winger will continue to improve his finishing.

Sterling’s first-half treble accounted for his third, fourth and fifth goals for the club since joining in July.

“I think it was important for Raheem to score three goals,” Pellegrini said.

“He must improve his finishing – he did that today, he’s young and will continue to get better.

“I don’t think he’s a striker like Kun or Bony but this year, and I said it when he arrived, I am sure he will score more goals than he did in another season at Liverpool.”

Sterling was taken off for tactical reasons at half-time in the 6-1 win over Newcastle last time out.

Manuel admitted that it was a bad day at the office for Raheem on that occasion but stated his belief that the player benefitted from playing up front alongside Wilfried Bony in a 4-4-2.

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“He didn’t lose confidence because I spoke with him immediately after he came off,” Pellegrini told journalists in the post-match press conference.

“He didn’t play well but all of the players can have a bad day.

“It was important for him and the team to change his position today. I thought that near Bony he could have a lot of space.

“Kevin did very well as he did against Newcastle and I think the system allowed Raheem to score more goals.”

Yaya Toure was withdrawn at the halfway stage of Saturday’s game after he missed the win over Newcastle before the international break.

Pellegrini explained his decision to take Yaya off and revealed that the Ivorian will be available for Sevilla on Wednesday night.

“It was not thinking about Sevilla, it was thinking about Yaya,” Manuel said.

“He just played 45 minutes in the Champions League before he got in an injury.

“In the first ten days of the international break he did nothing so I thought 45 minutes was enough.

“It was not an important injury but one which prevented him from playing games.

“We start thinking about Sevilla tomorrow – we must focus our mind on each game. Bournemouth are not an easy team.”

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