Raheem Sterling netted a hat trick in Manchester City’s 5-1 victory over Bournemouth on Saturday. City tops the league ahead of Arsenal and Manchester United.
Sterling scored his third, fourth and fifth goals for the season for his new club. The 20-year-old attacking winger/forward arrived at City during the summer after a big money move from Liverpool. In the game against Bournemouth he played up top with Wilfried Bony. Bony found the back of the net twice against the Cherries.
“I think it was important for Raheem to score three goals,” Pellegrini told mcfc.co.uk after the game.
“He must improve his finishing – he did that today, he’s young and will continue to get better.
“I don’t think he’s a striker like Kun or Bony but this year, and I said it when he arrived, I am sure he will score more goals than he did in another season at Liverpool.”
Sterling was taken off at halftime in City’s 6-1 thrashing of Newcastle United before the international break, but the substitution didn’t hurt the player according to Pellegrini.
“He didn’t lose confidence because I spoke with him immediately after he came off,” Pellegrini said.
“He didn’t play well but all of the players can have a bad day.
“It was important for him and the team to change his position today. I thought that near Bony he could have a lot of space.
“Kevin did very well as he did against Newcastle and I think the system allowed Raheem to score more goals.”
City tops the Premier League table with 21 points, two points ahead of second-placed Arsenal and rivals Manchester United.