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Without Sterling we could have never gone this far - Guardiola

Fri 15 January 2021 | 23:08

Sterling performed poorly on the penalty spot, which has drawn criticism.

Manchester City

boss Pep Guardiola has defended Raheem Sterling after a poor penalty shootout run in recent games.

Sterling missed a penalty during their 1-0 win over Brighton, and City were lucky to gained three points. After Saido Brahino, Sterling has become the first player in the Premier League to miss three consecutive penalties. Having scored at least 17 goals in the last three seasons of the Premier League, he has scored only 4 goals in 15 games this season and now Guardiola is supporting his team star.

"He's an incredibly important player for us,"

said Guardiola

. "Everything we have done in the past without him would not have been possible.

"He will score goals, he will make assists and he will help in all departments like wingers normally aren't able to do.

"I am more than happy and delighted to have him here with us."

Asked about their upcoming game against Crystal Palace, Pep said:

"If you look at the results for the top teams, every game is complicated and difficult,"

he said.

"When you win away against two incredible teams like


and Man Utd the headlines are nice but the reality was Brighton and we knew it.

"We played really good against Brighton. We created chances to score three or four goals but we suffered in the last minutes not because we were bad but because they were good.

"Every game is difficult and Sunday will be no exception."


source: SportMob