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Pep Guardiola doesn’t take any credit for Raheem Sterling’s return

Pep Guardiola emphasize Raheem Sterling alone deserves credit for his return.

The England The forward has enjoyed a flourishing fortune in recent weeks, scoring five times in Guardiola’s last eight appearances for Manchester City.

The 27-year-old lost his regular starting position at the end of last season and remains on the sidelines at the start of the current season.

Sterling’s winner against Wolves on Saturday was his fifth goal in eight Man City appearances (Martin Rickett/PA)

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This leads to speculations about his future but the trauma to others brings Sterling a backline and so far he has made the most of the opportunity.

This can be seen as an example of Guardiola’s good people management but the Man City boss wanted to downplay his role.

Asked if Sterling’s rejuvenation has affected him, Guardiola said in a press conference: “I’d say yes for my ego, for a better contract for the coming seasons. – but I’m sorry, that’s the most ridiculous thing, with all due respect. All credit is for the player.

“I am about to reveal a secret. The day we played against Aston Villa, the day before we had 12 players and he was not selected.

Guardiola has no credit for Sterling’s return (Richard Sellers/PA)

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“But on match day (Ilkay), Gundogan had a backache and couldn’t walk, and Raheem competed. Just look at the first 15-20 minutes he played. That’s the best 15-20 minutes I can remember in the past month.

“I did something but he did it, so credit the player. I can talk about the theories, how good we are, how nice the weather is in Manchester, the Champions League draw – I can pretend I know everything, but it’s all down to the players. player.

“Of course I want more from him, that’s not enough, but I want more from Gundogan, Kevin (De Bruyne), even from Bernardo (Silva) and Rodri, it’s all the same”.

Bernardo Silva has been impressive in the early months of the season (Richard Sellers/PA)

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Silva, who wanted to leave the club in the summer, has been outstanding so far this season, playing a key role while key midfielder De Bruyne has struggled with form and fitness.

After a spell of coronavirus, De Bruyne is now hoping to get back to his best but Guardiola dismisses the idea that he and Silva cannot function effectively together.

He said: “Kevin, come on, is the most important player for us and we need him like, wow, you can’t imagine.

“He had a hard time early in the season when he was playing and when he started to be himself, he got Covid. We need him, Bernardo needs him.”

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