After a scintillating start to the new season, sections of the media have considered whether Raheem Sterling can emulate Lionel Messi this season.

The Barcelona forward has posted astronomical goal scoring figures throughout his career and having scored a hat-trick on the opening day, the BBC have asked whether it's a sign City's No.7 is set to do the same in 2019/20.

Our squad depth continues to make headlines, with a former Manchester United manager discussing the reigning champions’ strength and there’s also an interview with Gareth Barry, who has recalled what it was that convinced him to City in 2009.


BBC: Raheem Sterling: Can Man City forward have a 'Lionel Messi' season?

Ian Wright: "Raheem Sterling is getting better.

"He is so intelligent in the way he is playing with the runs he is making, and his finishing is clinical.

"You can easily see someone like Raheem ending up with 35-40 goals this season because of the way he is playing, the chances Manchester City make and the way he is finishing."

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Manchester Evening News: David Moyes makes bold Man City and Premier League claim

David Moyes: "I was trying to think the other day if you could make a Premier League team up from all the sides that could topple Man City to win the league, and I think it would be very tough (to beat City).

“Even if you had a team which included all the top players in it.”

From the players

Football FanCast: Gareth Barry interview

Gareth Barry: “I spoke with Mark Hughes about the project and he said City are a train that’s going somewhere special, and you’d be foolish not to get on it.

“He mentioned a few players they were trying to sign and he mentioned the ambition of the owners and what they wanted to do on the training ground and eventually they saw the club winning Premier Leagues. That’s how I saw it and I got on that train!”