English Premiership

Sterling responds to 'unfair' criticism

2016-09-13 09:42
Raheem Sterling (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling feels he has been unfairly criticised in recent times, but says manager Pep Guardiola has helped him bounce back this season.

The 21-year-old joined the Citizens for an initial fee of £44 million prior to the start of the 2015/16 campaign, and went on to enjoy a fairly productive season.

He went on to make 49 appearances in all competitions, scoring 12 times and providing eight assists - a record which is comparable to his last season at Liverpool.

However, the youngster received widespread criticism for his performances throughout the season, and was again on the receiving end of some more critical analysis following England's Euro 2016 elimination at the hands of minnows Iceland.

While he admits it has been a frustrating situation for him to contend with, Sterling says Guardiola has helped him to rediscover his confidence this season.

"I have had unfair criticism. Last season I made my mark in the Champions League and I equalled my best scoring season," Sterling said.

"Unfair criticism does put you down a little bit. No-one says I am willing to do my best for club and country. At times it is frustrating.

"Pep [Guardiola] has been a massive help. I spoke to him before and he said he watched me at Liverpool. He has made me stronger."

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Thursday, 01 March 2018
Arsenal v Manchester City, Emirates Stadium 21:45
Saturday, 03 March 2018
Burnley v Everton, Turf Moor 14:30
Leicester City v AFC Bournemouth, King Power Stadium 17:00
Swansea City v West Ham United, Liberty Stadium 17:00
Southampton v Stoke City, St. Mary's Stadium 17:00
Watford v West Bromwich Albion, Vicarage Road Stadium 17:00
Tottenham Hotspur v Huddersfield Town, Wembley Stadium 17:00
Liverpool v Newcastle United, Anfield 19:30
Sunday, 04 March 2018
Brighton & Hove Albion v Arsenal, The American Express Community Stadium 15:30
Manchester City v Chelsea, Etihad Stadium 18:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2017/18 season?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.