Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has joked that the penalty won by Raheem Sterling against Huddersfield Town was so clear that even Arsene Wenger would not dispute the call.
Raheem Sterling was accused of diving Arsene Wenger earlier this month when winning a spot kick in Manchester City’s 3-1 win over the Gunners.
Sterling was again at the centre of a big penalty call on Sunday afternoon as City recovered from a goal down at the John Smith’s Stadium to win 2-1, going down under a challenge from full-back Scott Malone when his side were behind.
Guardiola insists that it was an easy decision for referee Craig Pawson to make, however, telling reporters: “[He’s won] two clear penalties. Maybe Arsene will say that is a penalty! I think the penalty is more than clear.
“He can still improve but he’s made a big step. He’s winning games. Now he’s a winning player. But not just in terms of goals, now he’s strong, keeps the ball… before he used to lose a lot of balls.
“He’s 22 years old and still he can improve a lot. He’s able to… if he wants to learn. We’ll be there to help him.”
Raheem Sterling’s 84th-minute winner is the fourth time he has scored in the final 10 minutes of matches this season, earning City an added seven points across the Premier League and in Europe.
‘He’s a winning player,’ Guardiola added. ‘Before he made good actions but now he is winning games. We’re in November and he’s already broken the record. He’s top but not only with goals.’
City’s 37 points from 13 matches is the highest ever recorded in the Premier League and they became the first top-flight club in history to win 11 consecutive away matches.