Manchester City have been an unpredictable side since the restart. One can point out at many mistakes in the Mancunian giants, but simply cannot deny the emergence of Raheem Sterling. The boy from Jamaica has become a goal hungry monster since the restart. An injury to Aguero meant someone had to step in and score the chances the Argentine was taking. With Gabriel Jesus, becoming a more efficient false 9, the responsibility to score fell onto Sterling and boy, did he deliver.!
The England International has thrived under Pep Guardiola and has scored 79 goals in 124 appearances in his previous three seasons. Along with his game, his
off the pitch work, especially being so vocal about racism, has earned him huge respect amongst the whole of England.
Impressive in a Victory over Real Madrid and on scoring his 100th City goal, Sterling said,” I think just energy, passion are the reasons we are through. It’s one of the competitions that we want to do well in and we said playing our football was important, but the key was to run our socks off because we believed if we did, the result would follow.”
On Real Madrid, “The most important thing today was that we knew how good they were, but we know how good we are.“I think the difference was who ran the most and who was willing to put that extra yard in and I thought we were brilliant tonight.“With the players that we’ve got we felt no inferiority; we played really well and of course they’ve got some great players, but with the energy and the performance the boys showed, we were brilliant tonight.”
Sterling admitted the plan was to press Real Madrid high up the pitch. “Pressing high was part of the plan – to be on the front foot, with aggression and be right on them and we did that. Through our pressing, we got two goals.”, “Now we’re through to the last eight in Lisbon and it’s a challenge we’re looking forward to. I’m just pleased that we’re there.”
The centurion thinks the Lisbon tournament resembles the word cup.
At last he added, “Yeah, it’s a great achievement, but hopefully there are plenty more to follow!”.Raheem Sterling, you truly are top of the league!!
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