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Three-goal Sterling calls on City to maintain their intensity in title pursuit

Manchester City 3 Watford 1

Three and easy: Raheem Sterling celebrates hat-trick
Three and easy: Raheem Sterling celebrates hat-trick

By Simon Peach

Hat-trick hero Raheem Ster has demanded Manchester City maintaining their "amazing mentality" as they look to make this a season to remember.

Pep Guardiola's men broke records aplenty last term as they romped to the title with a 100-point tally after sealing the Carabao Cup.

City have already defended that cup and remain on track for an unprecedented quadruple, with Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup dreams all still alive.

Sterling's quickfire treble secured a 3-1 win against Watford that saw them end the weekend still one point clear of Liverpool.

"It's going alright for me and the team," the match-winning City forward said.

"We've got one trophy already and the most important thing is not how many goals I am scoring, it's how many trophies we lift.

"You know, hopefully we can continue with this amazing mentality and see how far it gets us.

"(We) don't get excited about anything. We know how difficult teams can be, we know how difficult these competitions are, we're playing against top teams, top players and anything can happen.

"We've got to keep humble, keep fighting game by game."

Sterling netted a hat-trick in a second-half period of just 13 minutes 12 seconds.

Watford had made it tough for City even though Javi Gracia made seven changes. "I make thinking focused on the next game," he said on an evening when substitute Gerard Deulofeu got the consolation.

"I've chosen these players because I thought we needed fresh legs to compete today."

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