Guardiola’s response on Sterling’s stagnant performance

Raheem Sterling is listed as one of Europe’s top strikers, whose taps are at a standstill now. So, how does coach Pep Guardiola respond to this fact?

In the first half of this season, Raheem Sterling performed brilliantly. His goal flush seemed unable to stop. Hat-trick against West Ham United, and against Atalanta in the most remembered European Champions League.

However, entering the turn of the year the performance of England national team players tend to be inconsistent. In fact, there have been 12 matches passed by the former Liverpool without scoring.

The last time the ball netted into the opponent’s goal was Sterling in December 2019. At that time City faced Wolverhampton Wanderers, but lost by a score of 2-3.

Had a hamstring injury that disturbed the player’s statistics for several weeks. He returned to look good once recovered from the injury. Including, when Manchester City finished off Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu two weeks ago.

However, Sterling’s performance seems to have declined again afterwards. The latest, concerned cannot do anything when the City was defeated in public at Old Trafford last weekend.

Talking about the player’s situation, Pep Guardiola responded casually.

“He was extraordinarily positive, especially seeing the fact that if he failed to maximize one opportunity, he would try again. He was injured for two or three weeks and sometimes you need more time, but he will come back soon.” Guardiola told Sky Sports.

Furthermore, the former Barcelona coach is never worried about seeing the performance of his players who are declining. Things like this he considered could overwrite any player, including Sterling.

“I have never worried about such things, like Ederson’s case some time ago. That is indeed common. They are the players who suffer the most. When performance degradation occurs, they are always supported and we try to make them feel that we exist,” he said.

As for the next, Manchester City awaited two tough matches. They will face Arsenal in the Premier League, then against Real Madrid in the second leg of the Champions League last 16.

Penulis: | 11 Maret 2020 | blog