Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has lauded Raheem Sterling after his 11-minute hat-trick in his side’s 5-1 Champions League thrashing of Atalanta.
The England forward’s performance capped a fine comeback after two Sergio Aguero goals had cancelled out Ruslan Malinovskyi’s penalty opener at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.
The 24-year-old’s treble took his tally to 16 goals in 17 games for club and country this season, with 10 assists also contributed.
Speaking during the post-match press conference, Guardiola said: “All the credit is for him. He’s a guy whose physicality is incredible, he is so strong.
“A day after a game, he could play another game. His regeneration is incredible.
“He can play both sides, he’s fast and defensively he helps us a lot. He is an extraordinary player.”
City’s victory maintained their 100 percent record in the competition and put them within touching distance of the last 16 as they moved five points clear at the top of Group C.
The Premier League champions can secure their place in the knockout stages when they travel to Italy to face Atalanta next month.