Raheem Sterling hailed as one of world’s best by Kompany

Jose Verdugo
Marcha 13, 2019

He said: "My impression is that the ball comes from the opponent so it's not offside, because it happened last season in the Champions League and was quite similar - I was out of the Champions League last season for one quite similar to that - [James] Milner passed the ball to Leroy Sané, we would have scored the second goal".

Premier League referee Paul Tierney has "admitted he was WRONG to award Raheem Sterling's opening goal for Manchester City against Watford on Saturday evening". He's so important for us.

The win also dented Spurs' hopes in an ever-tighter top-four battle for Champions League places as they remain just three points ahead of nearest pursuers Manchester United, who play at fifth-placed Arsenal on Sunday.

Sterling's quickfire treble shifted what had been a frustrating game decisively in City's favour. As in their two previous games, the score was 0-0 at half-time and City, despite dominating possession, needed to work hard for openings.

In the other matches on Saturday, Brighton defeated Crystal Palace 2-1, Cardiff fended off West Ham 2-0 at home, Huddersfield lost 2-0 to Bournemouth, Leicester City triumphed 3-1 at Fulham and Newcastle survived a 3-2 thriller at Everton.

"But it's a great way to cap the hat-trick off and I am really happy and pleased that the team got a massive three points and that's the most important thing".

"We did not take the second half seriously", Pochettino said.

The brace ensured the England striker became the first player to achieve a three-figure tally of goals for the Foxes since Gary Lineker.

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Guardiola hailed Ilkay Gundogan as an "incredible player in all senses" but again expressed concern over the German's contract situation. "If he doesn't want to stay, he has to leave".

Guardiola kept Sterling's feet on the ground by saying "he can do better" after a match that was level until a controversial opener just after halftime.

The linesman Adrian Holmes initially raised his flag to signal for offside against Sterling, who saw the ball rebound off him when Daryl Janmaat attempted to clear, but the decision was overturned.

Javi Gracia and Pep Guardiola have called on the game's lawmakers to clarify the offside rule after claiming the introduction of Video Assistant Referees in the Premier League next season will not be enough in itself to end the confusion it frequently sparks.

Arguments continued over whether the decision was the correct one and whether VAR might have helped.

He said: "If you need the interpretation of the referee, always these types of situations will happen".

The City manager said: "If it's confused in the rules, that is the problem".

Watford's manager added: "I don't think the VAR is the solution". I'm sure the VAR will help referees to make less mistakes but first of all we have to know the rules and to know if it's offside or not offside, this play.

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