Sterling maintains Guardiola’s confidence despite not starting Man City
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has stressed that Raheem Sterling retains his full confidence despite being frozen from the club’s starting line-up as of late.
Sterling has only started two of the city’s last eight games in all competitions, having long been one of the cornerstones of Pep’s plans at the Etihad Stadium.
The manager is still in a great position to play an important role with the Premier League leaders.
What was said?
“There is complete confidence in Raheem,” Guardiola told reporters ahead of the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea on Saturday at Wembley.
“It simply came to our notice then.
“[The only reason] why Gabriel (Jesus) has played less sometimes or mainly because Phil (Foden) or Riyadh (Mahrez) are at the top level, scoring goals and being decisive in the final third.
“He has to be confident. He has to trust everyone, he has to be. Because the quality is there. I can’t trust the players.
“They have to be themselves to be trusted to be elected.
“I’ve often said what we’ve done in these horrible years, with the number of titles, to break records in the process … Raheem is the key.
“He was a key player and he is a key player. But at the moment Phil is playing very well and Riyadh is playing very well.”
The pound has blossomed since Guardiola’s wing came to City, especially with his ability at the front door.
The England winger has improved year-on-year in that regard, scoring 20 goals to record his best season in the 2019-20 Premier League, with just six in his first term since leaving Liverpool in 2015-16.
This year, however, there has been new competition, as Foden has emerged as a quality alternative.
The 20-year-old has scored 13 goals in his current tenure in all competitions, including two-legged strikes in the Champions League quarter-finals to see Borussia Dortmund.