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Guardiola not taking credit for stellar Sterling form

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has played down his role in the recent form of Raheem Sterling.

The 21-year-old winger scored a brace and was named Man of the Match as City defeated West Ham United 3-1 on Sunday, continuing his dazzling beginning to the new season.

It is a general suggestion that perhaps Guardiola's presence has helped Sterling string together some stellar displays but the Spaniard is taking absolutely no credit for the performances of the England international.

"I did nothing, I try to do the best for all the players," he said.

"Raz has scored two goals, that's good but for me the games before were more brilliant.

"The first half he scored but he didn't win as many balls as he has in previous games.

"Of course we are so pleased about his spirit. He's so dynamic, so aggressive with and without the ball - I'm so happy he's playing good.

"I just tried to help him, to tell him he'll received the ball more often if he stays in his position. After that, it's his talent.

"When City bought this played with an important amount of money it's because of his talent. I'm happy for him, for us and for the national team."

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