Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola believes that Raheem Sterling can score 30 goals across all competitions this season.
The England winger managed 25 last term, hitting 17 in the Premier League as City won a domestic treble.
But despite those impressive statistics, Guardiola thinks Sterling can do even better.
“Yeah, hopefully [he can score 30]. It will be good for him and for the team,” Guardiola said.
“When he’s in front of the goal, he puts it in the net. So, he can do it, yeah. He scored 25 last season, and 25 to 30 is only five goals. So he can do it.
“But I don’t know. I never spoke with Sergio Aguero, or Gabriel Jesus, or Raheem, with any of the people up front, about what are their dreams and targets, so I don’t know, honestly.
“I think they’re happy when they are scoring goals, like all the people who play in the front line.
“So, hopefully, he can score goals. I think goals are a consequence of the way we play – their mood, how the team’s playing, no injuries. I wouldn’t judge him if he scored 30 goals, 35 or 20.
“When he scores goals, I’m happy. But if he does what he has to do for him and the team, then it’s enough.”
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach also took the time to praise City’s title rivals this season, particularly Saturday’s opponents Tottenham.
“How good are [Tottenham]? My words and my opinion on them? They are the second-best team in Europe. For me, that’s enough.
“Since I came here to England, every season they were a real contender.
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