Pep Guardiola has justified the decrease in playing time of Raheem Sterling in recent weeks due to the big competition. The coach called on the England winger to seize his chance on the sidelines of the League Cup final against Tottenham this Sunday (5.30 p.m.) at Wembley.
8,000 spectators are expected this Sunday at Wembley for the League Cup final between Tottenham and Manchester City (5.30 p.m.). Never since the first confinement in 2020, an English enclosure had welcomed so many people in the stands. Fans gathered in the mythical London satde will be able to attend a fantastic duel between Hugo Lloris, Harry Kane and other Phil Foden and Ilkay Gundogan. The presence of Raheem Sterling at the kickoff of this poster between Spurs and Citizens seems less certain. Sparkling since the start of the season, the English winger has been playing a little less lately. Pep Guardiola explained why before this final.
“Raheem is an amazing player. He was, he is and will be,” said the Skyblues coach ahead of the game against Tottenham in remarks relayed by Sky Sports. The reason why he did not play as regularly as in previous seasons it’s because Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez are on top, in great shape. That’s the only reason. “
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Guardiola: “Opportunities will arise”
A League Cup finalist this Sunday, Manchester City could win their first title of the season and keep the hopes of a fabulous hat-trick. Large leaders of the Premier League, the Citizens have eleven points ahead of Manchester United seems set to finish champion.
Above all, Pep Guardiola’s proteges will challenge PSG in the Champions League semi-final from Wednesday April 28 (from 9 p.m. on RMC Sport 1). Present on three tables, the English club will tackle a busy schedule and the entire workforce will be used.
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“But opportunities will arise and Raheem Sterling must be ready to show his quality, still esteemed Pep Guardiola before facing Spurs. He must also show his mental freshness and play with the incredible strength he has.”
Despite 13 goals and 11 assists in 42 appearances this season, Raheem Sterling has yet to earn his place on the pitch. While waiting to challenge PSG at the Parc des Princes, the 26-year-old Englishman could take advantage of the League Cup final to finish convincing Pep Guardiola to give him the keys to the Manchester City attack.