Pep Guardiola challenges Jack Grealish to become a 'goal machine'

Pep Guardiola challenges Jack Grealish to become a ‘goal machine’ after netting for the first time in a Man City shirt against Norwich… and says he can follow Raheem Sterling’s lead in becoming more ruthless up front

  • Grealish scored his first goal for his new club in a 5-0 thrashing of Norwich City 
  • Guardiola insisted the attacking midfielder should replicate Sterling’s mentality
  • Sterling improved his goal tally after being coached by the ex-Barcelona boss 

Pep Guardiola has told Jack Grealish he can turn himself into a goal ‘machine’ like Raheem Sterling.

Grealish scored his first goal for City on his home debut against Norwich after joining the champions from Aston Villa for £100million this summer.

But Guardiola, who helped Sterling adapt his game to become more prolific at City, believes Grealish will score many more goals if he follows the example of his England teammate who came off the bench to claim City’s fifth at the Etihad.

Pep Guardiola (right) has challenged midfielder Jack Grealish (left) to become a ‘goal machine’

‘The (Grealish) goal is okay,’ said Guardiola. ‘Hopefully he can do more but the most important thing is the first victory.

‘If Jack has mentality like Raheem he can do it. When I arrived here five years ago, Raheem didn’t have the goal in his mind. That changed.

‘Today Raheem scored a goal because he arrived in the central position like a No.9. He is a machine there. 

The £100m summer signing from Aston Villa scored his first for the club in a 5-0 win v Norwich

Grealish was perhaps fortunate to score as a cross deflected in off his outstretched leg (above)

‘He changed his mind and decided he is going to score, score, score.’

Guardiola was happy with City’s first win of the season even though he admitted his team still have a lot of room for improvement.

‘Still we are not in our top (form), we still we have many things to do,’ he added. ‘I’m happy for our first three points – hopefully it will not be the last.’

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