December 28, 2017 / 6:56 AM / 3 months ago

Man City prioritise points over records, says Sterling

(Reuters) - Manchester City may be on a record-breaking 18-game winning streak in the Premier League but winger Raheem Sterling says the runaway leader’s main focus is to continue collecting points from their upcoming matches.

Soccer Football - Premier League - Newcastle United vs Manchester City - St James' Park, Newcastle, Britain - December 27, 2017 Manchester City's Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Scott Heppell

The 23-year-old scored his 13th league goal to help City record a 1-0 win at Newcastle United on Wednesday as Pep Guardiola’s side maintained their blistering run to extend their lead to 15 points.

“I don’t think anyone is really thinking about records,” Sterling told the club’s website. ( “They’re nice to have on your CV but we have to keep winning and getting three points.

“Records only stand for a certain amount of time. Three points add to the table.”

The England international is now the league’s third leading scorer, behind Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, and has already eclipsed his 10-goal haul across all competitions last season.

“Most definitely, in terms of goals,” Sterling added when asked if he was performing at his all-time highest level.

“I’ve probably had a better season dribbling but this is the most efficient I’ve been... There’s no point dribbling if you’re not helping the team.

“Scoring is something I’ve always wanted to do and something I’m trying to improve on... I’m happy to have been able to bring that and hopefully, it will carry on.”

City next travel to 16th-placed Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru

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