Sterling was supersonic against the Saints on Sunday, as he turned the opposition's defenders inside out.
He said: 'I get tight calves with my age.
"I know people say we have a lot of money, that's true, but despite of that it's incredible the people I'm working with and I'm a lucky guy to be here". He is stable and is focused on what he has to do to become a better player.
There were moments of encouragement for Saints after that time.
"After Liverpool dropped points it was important that we won".
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Sterling struck again to make it 5-1, drilling into the bottom corner after being slipped in by the unselfish Aguero and Sane completed the rout in stoppage time.
Southampton are in 16th place, two places above the relegation zone with a solitary win this campaign and manager Hughes was left to rue the disastrous start to the game.
Southampton headed into the match winless in six league matches and without a goal in five of them, and what was always going to be a hard task was made even tougher when conceding six minutes in.
Ukrainian global Taras Stepanenko will take up one of the two pivot positions in the middle of the park for Shakhtar and will be partnered by 21-year-old Brazilian talent Maycon.
Guardiola was effusive in his assessment of the England winger's performance, but resisted the opportunity to rank Sterling as one of the game's leading performers.
"The team showed me some signals that in some positions we are not stable enough". The scoreline is maybe a bit of a harsh state from our point of view.
With Marlos back in full fitness, he should walk into the team on the right flank, while club captain Taison will slot in on the left flank and look to pose problems for the City full-backs.
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