The heavily criticised star, Raheem Sterling, has evolved into a top class player and is essential for City’s dominance and free flowing, attacking style.
Raheem Sterling, the 24 year old black Englishman who is constantly criticised, is silencing all of his doubters. The game against Chelsea was yet another example of how good this man really is. The 6-0 thrashing of Sarri’s men was largely down to Raheem Sterling. Raheem scored a brace and won City a penalty.
However, more importantly, his attitude was spot on and he was a constant threat down the left hand side. City’s formation played into Raheem’s hands; Players such as Fernandinho, De Bruyne and Gundogan win the ball from deep and look to isolate Sterling in a one on one situation with a defender, to which he usually wins.
Sterling dealing well with media pressure
Sterling has been under pressure from the media ever since his £44 million move to Manchester City from Liverpool in July of 2015. He has constantly received abuse from fans, most notably at Chelsea away this season where he was badly racially abused. Sterling always takes comments with a pinch of salt, he never reacts and does his talking on the pitch.
Not only fans, the media always look for a reason to single him out, but again, Raheem never reacts, much to the dislike of the media. Raheem also had something to say about the way the media have portrayed two players from the same team, one black and one white. The difference is staggering.
The man on the right, Phil Foden has also barely played any games for Manchester City, however, look at the difference and the way the media are presenting the two. Foden is described as a “startled” but Tosin Adarabioyo is just described as a “Young Manchester City footballer.” Furthermore, Foden “buys” a house but Adarabioyo “splashes out.” Sterling wasn’t happy with this and took to Instagram to say his piece on it.
Sterling’s quote in full:
“I am not normally the person to talk a lot but when I think I need my point to be heard I will speak up. Regarding what was said at the Chelsea game as you can see by my reaction I just had to laugh because I don’t expect no better, For example you have two young player starting out their careers both play for the same team, both have done. the right thing. Which is buy a new house for their mothers who have put in a lot of time and love into helping them get where they are, but look how the news papers get their message across for the black player and then the white player. I think this is unacceptable both innocent have not done a thing wrong buy just by the way it has been worded. This young black kid is looked at in a bad light. Which helps fuel racism and aggressive behaviour, so far all the newspapers that don’t understand why people are racist in this day and age all I have to say is have a second though about fair publicity and give all players an equal chance.”
Away from the media side of things, Sterling is now a top class player and has evolved so much under Pep Guardiola. He’s transformed his game so much and now his passing and finishing has phenomenally improved, much to Sterlings credit to work hard and improve. People need to appreciate him more.