Pep Guardiola calls on Raheem Sterling to rediscover his goalscoring form as Manchester City boss admits Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez are ahead of out-of-sorts England star in the pecking order
- Pep Guardiola has said Raheem Sterling must rediscover his form himself
- The Manchester City star has failed to score in nine games for Guardiola’s side
- Sterling is expected to start in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Tottenham
- And Guardiola says he has full confidence in Sterling to get back in the goals
- The Spaniard added that the Englishman is behind Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez
Pep Guardiola says the responsibility for Raheem Sterling to rediscover his goalscoring touch lies with the player himself.
Sterling has been left out of Guardiola’s strongest starting line-up after going nine games without scoring. His overall tally of 13 goals compares unfavourably to last season’s haul of 33.
The England winger should get a chance in Sunday’s Carabao Cup Final with Guardiola expected to rotate ahead of next week’s Champions League semi-final against PSG.
Pep Guardiola says Raheem Sterling must rediscover his goalscoring touch by himself
The England attacker has failed to score in his last nine games for Manchester City
‘Raheem is an extraordinary player. The reason he is not playing as regularly is that Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden are in top form but the opportunities are going to come and he has to be ready
‘It depends on them, not the manager. They have to show their confidence to me, I don’t have to show my confidence to them. They have it, otherwise they wouldn’t be here.’
Guardiola says there is a limit to what the manager can do to improve the player’s end product.
As such, Sterling has had to take a backseat while City pursue success in multiple formats
Guardiola admitted that Phil Foden (L) and Riyad Mahrez (R) are ahead of Sterling right now
‘The quality with Raheem is there,’ he says. ‘It is not a case where he is more confident after talking with me.
‘They are top-class players and they have that confidence inside themselves. The manager has an idea how they want to play but after that they have to show the quality every time.
With Guardiola juggling different competitions, some of his stars may prefer to get the call in Paris on Wednesday rather than a domestic final.
Guardiola stressed that he has full confidence in Sterling to play a big role for his side
However, the City boss won’t accept any excuses having already been beaten by Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final after making changes.
‘There are many reasons to make the selection and then the players have to show it. It doesn’t matter the competition, they have to play well.
‘I have to make a selection. When I win it is a good selection, when I lose it is a bad selection.’
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