Pep Guardiola loves Raheem Sterling – why can’t the rest of us? Catherine Ivill/Getty Images Weary contrition. Raheem Sterling seemed to know what was coming. Awarded Sky Sports’ man of the match for his part in Manchester City’s convincing 3-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur that moved them to within one win of the Premier League title, or as it turned out, one Manchester United aberration, Sterling cut the figure of a man who could live without a lump of plastic for his mantle piece if it meant avoiding the inevitable. After dutifully answering questions on whether the win had ended a crisis stretching all of three matches, his interrogator, Geoff Shreeves, went from good cop to bad cop without missing a beat as talk turned to profligacy. After a goal and an assist (Sterling was fouled outside the box by Hugo Lloris, but referee Jon Moss awarded a penalty) at Wembley Stadium against a Tottenham side unbeaten since the corresponding fixture on December 16—taking 30 points from a possible 36 since the turn of the year—a less well-adjusted character than the City man may have bridled at the timing of being quizzed on how he needs to improve. It seemed needlessly… Read full this story
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