Man City’s Raheem Sterling on ‘incredible achievement’ of joining Premier League 100 club but there is more to come | Football News

In an exclusive chat with Sky Sports’ Patrick Davison, Raheem Sterling reflects on joining the Premier League 100 club, how he wants to achieve more and his career so far.

The Manchester City forward became the 32nd player to score a century of Premier League goals from a penalty spot during a 1-0 win over Wolves last weekend and is the eighth youngest to reach the finish line at age 27 years old.

Sterling says he is proud of his success, but continues to aim for more, as he has done throughout his successful career.

He told Davison before Man City’s trip to Newcastle on Super Sunday: “It was incredible. I said growing up, all I wanted to do was become a professional footballer.

Against Wigan you start and this is your goal, from then on it’s like scoring the first goal. After that there is always more to do.

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“To join the 100 club, I think it is an incredible achievement, but at 27 there are still many things to achieve.

“I’m really grateful. As a kid, you never know if you’re going to make it or not. One of my biggest dreams was to be a football player and to say that I made my debut and I’m actually doing fine, I really am. proud of myself and hungry to keep improving.

“I’m always looking for the next thing. That’s how I’ve always been since I was younger, I always set myself goals and once you have achieved them, you have to move on to the next thing. That’s all we can do, what we’re up against and how we can accomplish the next.

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“My [career] the highlights are definitely winning my first Premier League title. It was a great moment in my life and career. There are dreams and then there is reality, so it was really cool to get our hands on the trophy.

“I can’t wait to know what the next two years can bring. I have to make sure I keep that level. I’ve hit 100 now and it’s okay, but I want to keep reducing and keep doing more and winning.”

With more to come from Manchester City onwards, what’s Sterling’s next goal?

“Get as close to 200 as possible! I have to score at least 18-20 goals a season and keep earning points. If you manage to get double figures for multiple seasons, you have a chance to win it.”

How Sterling began to love scoring

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Although he has 100 Premier League goals in his pocket, Sterling admits scoring wasn’t always his main focus when he started.

He reflected: “When I was younger, I scored goals, but it wasn’t something I was obsessed with. I was obsessed with” megging someone or obsessed with taking a step forward and he went that way and I went that way. ” He’s the one I grew up with in London and the one I really liked, he’s the one I was most proud of.

“It wouldn’t be like I was there after training, training to finish because that’s not what I wanted to do in a day. I wanted to beat my man and make him look silly. Around the 2017/18 season, that was the time I had. tried to clean up, tried to do extra and tried to help myself improve.

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“When you are 17 and you join the first team, you can do a great performance and that’s all there is to talk about because of your age. But then there comes a point where people expect things from you.

“They expect you to win a game or see a goal. When I started being questioned about that, I thought ‘I really have to kick here.’

“It’s about repetition and your mentality. If there is a match on Saturday and Monday, you tell yourself that you will score, most likely you will score. It’s a little of both.

“I’ve always been a player who has been in positions where I can score goals, so I knew that if I could focus and get my mindset right to enjoy scoring, I could do it.”

“I’m disappointed with how I left Liverpool”

Raheem Sterling says he is 'disappointed' with the way he left Liverpool in 2015
Raheem Sterling says he is “disappointed” with the way he left Liverpool in 2015

Going further back in Sterling’s career, he scored his first Premier League game for Liverpool against Reading in October 2012, having initially joined the club’s academy from QPR.

In early 2015, a contractual dispute was reported between Sterling and Liverpool, which saw him leave for Manchester City that summer for a commission of £ 49 million. A departure that he defines as “disappointing” and which still holds the club in high regard.

He said: “Sometimes you have to know what you want. Your career is only short, you don’t really know what’s going to happen.

“Sometimes, we make decisions and they may not be the right ones. Sometimes, it turns out for the best. The only thing I’ll say is how [Sterling’s exit from Liverpool] it was the thing I am most disappointed with. But other than that, everything has been fine so far.

Raheem Sterling scored his first Premier League goal against Reading in 2012
Raheem Sterling scored his first Premier League goal against Reading in 2012

“I said at the time, I felt like my ambitions and Liverpool’s ambitions at the time weren’t really aligned. The way it has progressed is the only disappointment I have from it.

“I did it [have good times at Liverpool], at such a young age with a club that has invested heavily in me. It played a big part in my teenage years, so they played a huge role in my life. It’s a club I care a lot about, my daughter still lives in Liverpool and I have a lot of time for the people there.

“When friends or something ask what it’s like at Anfield, I always say that if you have a game coming up against Manchester United or Man City, it almost felt like the fans and the city were giving you an extra superpower, making you feel like you could do things you didn’t think you could do, that’s how I felt. It’s a really special stage. “

Adapting on and off the pitch at City

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Raheem Sterling also revealed how well he has adapted in his six years at Man City

Having arrived at Manchester City when he was still only 20, Sterling adapted his mindset both on and off the pitch as he matured. He credits the club’s older players with teaching recovery techniques to extend his career.

Reflecting on his move to City, Sterling explained, “It was something new. It was a big transfer fee at the time and I was still young. I didn’t really think about it. When I first saw it, I probably thought. is a bit much, but it’s a learning curve.

“You are entering a new environment with players who have won the World Cup, won the Premier League previously, so you can see on match days how they operate, how they take care of themselves and take things out of their game, not necessarily on the pitch, but above all off the pitch and how they live.

“There are always games going on, so you had to get into that mindset of eating and sleeping football.

“Around the time I was dating Fabian Delph and Gael Clichy when they were at the club, that was the time I was maturing a little bit more – I was hanging out with the older kids, I thought I was cool. They” have been in the I have been playing for years, but there was a lot of advice on ice baths, massages – seeing them being on the massage table every day, I don’t know if they just needed them.

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“Before [when Sterling was younger]As soon as the training was over, one of the physiotherapists would come in and ask if you wanted a treatment, you would say “no, I’m fine”, and I’ve always felt that way. But seeing older pros doing those things and realizing the turnaround of games, your body needs it.

“When I was for the first time at the City, I used to do little things like go to restaurants and it’s not that you are doing something necessarily bad, but the more time you can spend standing, relaxing at home, the more rest and refreshment you are outside. energy, you will sleep better and it is really beneficial.

“When you are 17 or 18, you are stunned and really excited, this is the first time you are a professional football player and you have to adapt to what is really going on in your life and what you really want. Just happy that you have become a professional, or do you want to make the most of it? And that’s what I wanted to do, make the most of it. “

Of course, in six years at Manchester City, many things have changed. Even in recent seasons with the departures of the faithful Vincent Kompany, David Silva and Sergio Aguero, the game of City under Pep Guardiola has been changed.

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Sterling explained: “He’s not as fast as we played in terms of how we used to go into the third attack. There was me on one side and Leroy Sane on the other – they were like two bikes.

“Now the wings are more left on the right flank and right on the left flank and he’s a little more patient. He’s a little more holding the ball and he’s not as dynamic, but both teams hold the ball very well and score goals.”

The former City striker Aguero announced his retirement earlier this week, having been diagnosed with a heart problem, and Sterling reflected on the end of his former teammate’s career.

He said, “He’s really sad. He probably had a lot of ambitions that he still wanted to achieve at 33, so it was sad to see him come out like that. But then again, he’s healthy and he’s fine, so that’s the most important thing.

“His conclusion was absolutely ridiculous. Seeing him in a pre-game warm-up, he was so relaxed, he doesn’t really take things seriously in a warm-up. The ease with which he made it part of that final look was scary.

“He can look back on his career with the biggest smile because he is an absolute legend and not just for Man City. With Argentina, he is a player who for many years and years to come, growing forwards will look to him.” .

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