PEP GUARDIOLA is backing Raheem Sterling to get a career-best of up to 35 goals this season.
The 24-year-old England star hit a personal high of 25 for Manchester City as they completed a domestic Treble last season.
Asked if he could hit the 30 or 35-goal mark this season, Guardiola said: “Yeah, hopefully. It will be good for him and for the team.
“When he’s in front of the goal, he puts it in the net. He scored 25 last season and 25 to 30 is only five goals.
“He can do it. He’s playing so good from the beginning but we want more.
“I have never spoken with Sergio Aguero or Gabriel Jesus or Raheem, with any of the people up front, about their dreams and targets.
“When he scores goals, I’m happy. I wouldn’t judge him if he scored 30 goals or 35 or 20.”
Sterling aims to be on target again tonight at home to Tottenham, a side Guardiola regards as the second-best in Europe.
The City boss said: “How good are they? They are the second-best team in Europe. For me that’s enough.
“Since I came here, every season they have been a real contender. Always they were tough, tough games.”
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Spurs, like City, opened up the season with victory as they came from behind to beat Aston Villa 3-1.
The wins were big statements alongside Liverpool beating Norwich 4-1 and Manchester United putting four past Chelsea. Guardiola sees threats from many directions.
He said: “I’m impressed with how Chelsea played against tough teams. But we saw United’s quality up front.
“Arsenal bought good players, Tottenham the same. They are really good contenders.”
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