But though we further extended our advantage at the top – at least for 24 hours until second placed Liverpool play tomorrow night – Sterling said City were staying focused on the job in hand.
"It's another game, we move on step by step, that's all we can do - keep trying to win and not looking at anyone else,” the England winger insisted.
"They are a difficult side to break down but we stuck to it and got two goals. We tried to keep creating chances and hopefully take one.
"We just had to keep stable, they had a few breaks from the corners, we need to be aware of that and just keep creating chances.
"They defended well and had a tight unit. We just had to keep probing and try to find the gaps."