Raheem Sterling scored his first goals of the season to send Manchester City into the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup with a 3-0 win at Turf Moor.
A notably string sided Man City squad that Pep Guardiola sent out proved dividends. The gaffer will be happy with a clean sheet, Cole Palmer’s solid debut and the return of Aymeric Laporte and Bernardo Silva.
On to the reaction-
Pep Guardiola Reaction
“Yeah,” said the City boss when asked if Sterling can cover for Aguero and Jesus.
“Raheem has ability wherever he plays. I am incredibly delighted and happy with what Raheem gives me personally, but also this team, since we arrived four years ago.
“I was convinced he was a guy with incredible qualities. He can play every three days, his recovery, his desire to improve - he is a fantastic guy.
“I think he has improved a lot since we arrived, with his work ethic and dedication. With his finishing he knows he can do more, but he’s grown up a lot.”
“Yeah, [he was] good,” Pep added.
“He is a young player and still needs a little bit of time to understand what we want to do.
“He is clever in the final third with his passes. He doesn’t cross to cross. He passes the ball.”
Cole Palmer Reaction
“Obviously, it’s is a dream come true to be at the Club I’ve been at since the age of six and make my debut and I’m glad we’re in the next round,” he reflected.
“(My outstanding memory was) Probably in the meeting before when the boss told me I was starting. I was just dead excited and couldn’t wait to play.
“It’s mad being mad out there. They are the best players in the world and as a young kid coming through it’s a dream to play with players like that.
“The difference is the speed of it and every day on the training ground everyone is it at. It’s tremendous.”
Palmer played the full 90 minutes and, on another day, could have scored at least once though he opted to be unselfish on at least two occasions and looked to pass when he could have gone for goal.
“I thought it (the second chance) was a tight angle and Raheem was on his hat-trick so I thought I’d square it,” Cole revealed.
And the Wythenshawe-born youngster also revealed that his match shirt was already earmarked for a special destination.
“No this one isn’t going anywhere. It’s going in a frame and to my mum and dad at home!”