There is back page praise aplenty after Manchester City’s stellar start to the new Premier League season.

Unsurprisingly, compliments have been paid to Saturday’s hat-trick hero, Raheem Sterling, who’s received a glowing assessment from one of this weekend’s opponents.

Elsewhere, it’s been considered how competition for places is driving up the performance levels of Pep Guardiola’s squad.

So, let’s see how we’ve been making headlines on this Monday morning…


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Jack Wilshere: “He’s [Raheem Sterling] a nightmare to play against.

“You don’t know if he’s going to come inside and he’s so sharp off the mark.

“He’s playing in a great team but he’s arguably their key player. He’s probably the first name on the teamsheet for Pep.”

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Writes Adam Bate: “Pep Guardiola left some big names on the bench but – as the City coach himself revealed afterwards – perhaps that is the secret of his team’s success.

“It was the first goal that summed it up. Riyad Mahrez threaded a pass down the line and Kyle Walker raced on to it before crossing for Gabriel Jesus to score.

“Mahrez had been a surprise selection ahead of Bernardo Silva, Walker knows that new signing Joao Cancelo is after his spot, and Jesus only had to glance to the bench to see Sergio Aguero there waiting.

“That is the depth that Manchester City possess.

“It is the depth that led to Jose Mourinho's mischievous suggestion that there were four teams who could win this Premier League title with City accounting for two of them - their first eleven and their B team.

“Pep Guardiola knows this. His use of this squad might reveal the secret of sustaining his success too.”