Pep Guardiola defends Sterling.

Manchester City league winning Coach Pep Guardiola claims it’s the referees problem if they do not give Raheem Sterling favourbale decisions.


Three lions attacker Raheem Sterling has faced a lot of criticsms of late for going down easily and expecting the referees to give him penalty decisions.

Critics have accused Sterling of going down early against Arsenal in the League, against Liverpool in the Champions League, and against West Ham in the League just last week.

Ahead of Mancheste City’s league fixture on Sunday where the Citizens will be handed the Premier League trophy, Guardiola has come out in full support of Sterling.

“He is a guy who is quite honest in those terms. He is smart, he is intelligent. He is a guy who never kicks the opponent”

“There was a penalty at Anfield, penalty at West Ham but the referees didn’t decide to give them”- Guardiola

“But that is not Raheem Sterling’s problem, it is a problem for the referees”

“But he has to accept it and handle it. If one person makes the wrong decision – stand up, go forward, next one. The next action is the most important thing.”-Guardiola

Sterling has  enjoyed an outstanding campaign with the Premier League champions.

The England forward has scored 23 goals and made 12 assists in all competitions.

It is by far the 23-year-old’s best return but Guardiola expects him to improve further.

He said: “He has made a fantastic season. Hopefully he can maintain it for the national team at the World Cup.

“But what I liked the most is the feeling that he can do better. The numbers this season have been top in terms of assists and goals, and the influence in our attack. I think in terms of mentality and belief he made a good step forward compared to last season”- Guardiola

“We’ll see if he can maintain that level and I think he can do it.”-Guardiola

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