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Pep Guardiola revealed he took Raheem Sterling "back to basics" to rediscover his form and says the Manchester City forward knows he is not at the peak of his powers.

England international Sterling had gone 13 games without goal for club and country before he was on target in a 4-1 Champions League win over Club Brugge this month.

The former Liverpool man followed that up with a goal in the 3-0 victory over Everton last weekend and was also on target in a 2-1 defeat of Paris Saint-Germain in midweek.

Asked about Sterling's form, he said: "I'm so glad for him, it's helped us that's for sure. Of course, he will fight to do better and better and better.

"It's good for both wingers to score and get assists, he is decisive. Still he knows he can do better, one-v-one, but this is a step to come back in his best form.

"I took him back to basics, when you're at this level it's normal.

"This calendar, they have more and more games. Sometimes the guys are tired here [pointing to his head]. It's so difficult. It's just physical, physical, physical.

"So demanding a little bit less. Come back to the basics. Step by step basics will be enough when the confidence come back, you come back who you are."

City face West Ham on Sunday, the Hammers having had a four-match winning run ended by Wolves last time out.

"I have said many times I think the manager's job is to try raise the expectations at football clubs, then you start to say to everybody that you have to calm these expectations down," David Moyes said.

"So I don't think anybody should get too ahead of themselves because the truth is two years ago we were avoiding relegation. We have got to watch that is not boom and bust here."

Manchester City - Raheem Sterling

Sterling has been involved in 11 goals in his last eight Premier League games against West Ham (6 goals, 5 assists). However, only two of these have come at the Etihad (two goals in August 2016).

West Ham - Declan Rice

After a brilliant Euros, Declan Rice has gone from strength to strength this season and is undoubtedly one of the best in his role in the league. He will need to be at his very best, however, if West Ham are to limit City's midfield.

- Bernardo Silva is Man City's highest goalscorer in the Premier League this season with four goals. The Portuguese is looking to score in three consecutive league games for the very first time with the Citizens.

- City have won nine of their 10 Premier League games against West Ham under Pep Guardiola (D1), scoring 28 and conceding just five in these matches.

- West Ham have won just one of their last 15 Premier League away games against City (D1 L13), winning 2-1 in September 2015 under Slaven Bilic.

- Having scored in 20 consecutive meetings with West Ham in all competitions, City drew 0-0 against the Hammers in their last meeting in the EFL Cup in October, before being eliminated on penalties.

- City have played more open play crosses than any other team in the Premier League this season (206). The Citizens have had at least four teammates in the box for 98 of these, at least 37 more than any other side (West Ham, 61).

Updated November 27, 2021

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