Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling has today explained how manager Pep Guardiola helped him to simplify his game, leading to a major upturn in form for the English international.
Sterling, who arrived at City from Premier League rivals Liverpool in 2015, has often split opinion among fans over the course of his career.
While always considered as being hugely talented, the youngster has found it difficult to properly display his abilities on a consistent basis since beginning his career at Anfield.
He has often been accused of simply trying too hard, with his feet almost moving too fast for his own good.
However, the last 12 months have seen Sterling come on leaps and bounds at the Etihad, as his performances have looked markedly more controlled with a definitive end product.
The current campaign has proven particularly fruitful for the 22-year-old , who has racked up 6 goals and 2 assists in 7 Premier League outings to this point.
‘The simple stuff’
Speaking in a press conference ahead of his side’s crunch Champions League clash with Napoli tomorrow night, Sterling was questioned on the influence on Citizens boss Pep Guardiola on his recent resurgence, with the pacy wide-man eager to lavish praise on his manager:
‘He’s been massive for me, especially with basic and the simple stuff.’
‘He always tries to get you to do the simple stuff at a really top level. That’s the genius thing about him and it works.’
Committed to the cause
Sterling also opened up on links with Arsenal during the summer transfer window, revealing that a move to the Emirates was never a realistic possibility:
‘I woke up with England one day and saw it. I didn’t believe a word of it. If I’d heard something from the manager then I would believe it.’
‘It wasn’t something that I was worried about because I think Pep is an honest guy and he would have spoken to me before that. I didn’t need to worry about it and didn’t think about it for one minute.’