Pep Guardiola advises Raheem Sterling not to think about individual awards

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The manager of Manchester City, Pep Guardiola has urged his forward, Raheem Sterling, not to be too concerned about individual awards but to enjoy his football career and allow his destiny to define him.

Raheem Sterling has been phenomena since he joined Manchester City from Liverpool in 2015 for a transfer fee worth €63.70 million. Due to his consistent performance, every season for both City and England national team, his fans are expecting him to start clinching individual awards.

Since Sterling joined Machester City, he has scored at least 105 goals and has provided 79 assists in 254 games in all competitions. Before he left Liverpool, the 25-year-old left-winger scored 23 goals and provided 25 assists in 129 games.

Also, since he made his debut for England national team on 10 November 2014, Raheem Sterling has scored 13 goals in 58 games.

With all these performances, Sterling has only won few major individual awards like PFA Young Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year in the 2018-2019 season. He also won the Golden Boy award in 2014.

With pressure mounting on him to do more to start landing more major individual awards, his manager at Manchester City wants him to calm down and think less of individual honors.

“My advice, I would say to him, is don’t think about this. It makes no sense. Just enjoy the life, focus and destiny will dictate who he is as a player”, Guardiola said.

“But he is one of the (most) fantastic players I ever had in my career as a manager.

“Step by step. It depends on him and his performance.”

Raheem Sterling is Exceptional

Raheem Sterling and Pep Guardiola
Raheem Sterling and Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola went on to describe Raheem Sterling as an exceptional footballer and noted that the forward has improved greatly since he joined Manchester City in 2015. The Spanish tactician said that the England international will be better than he is in the next 4 years.

“I think he is a better player than when he arrived and hopefully in four years he will be a better player than he is right now,” Guardiola said of Sterling, who joined City from Liverpool in 2015. I think he is an exceptional player.

“He has played all these minutes because of his physicality and (on Sunday) he will be there again.

“Of course there will be a moment that he will take a rest but at the moment he is so important a player for us, that’s why we cannot give it.”

Raheem Sterling has scored two goals and has provided an assist in 6 Premier League matches so far this season. He has scored 5 goals and provided 4 assists in 11 games in all competitions for Manchester City.

His effort has helped Manchester City to occupy the 12th spot on the league table with 11 points in 6 league matches. Sterling will lead the Manchester City attack today, November 8, against Liverpool.