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The England international striker has thrived with a Catalan coach at the Etihad Stadium, with continuous improvement sought in the Blues field
Raheem Sterling has revealed the advice from Pep Guardiola that helped make him a superstar at Manchester City, with a demanding coach telling a promising striker to “keep grinding” and “win more and more”.
That message has been heard at Etihad Stadium, with an England international winger collecting seven trophies in the past three years.
Sterling has also added a greater end product to his game, finding the target 102 times under Guardiola to cement a position as a point man for the club and the country.
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Asked about the most important lessons he has learned from a Catalan coach, Sterling said CityTV: “Just that winning mentality.
“That’s what I’ve learned the most from him and not being happy with what you’ve done and keep grinding, keep improving and try to win more and more.”
Sterling’s record under Guardiola
The 26-year-old City’s century of goals with Guardiola at the helm has been recorded in just 229 appearances.
He has also contributed a steady stream of assists, with Sterling reaching 85 in that department throughout his stint at Etihad Stadium.
The Blues have clinched two Premier League titles during their time in Manchester, while Guardiola has also overseen an FA Cup win, three Carabao Cup wins and a Community Shield success.
To accompany those collective honors, the 2018-19 campaign saw Sterling win the PFA Young Player of the Year award and the FWA Footballer of the Year award.
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More covers are at stake for City this season, with a historic four-game still up for grabs.
Guardiola’s men rank at the top of the Premier League table, 10 points ahead of the chasing group, as they reach the Carabao Cup final, the FA Cup quarter-finals and the round of 16 Champions League final.
Sterling has added up his ambition, with 17 consecutive wins secured in all competitions: “It’s still early and we still have massive games to come, but we keep our focus and come back.
“We will not get ahead of ourselves and we still know that we have a long season ahead. The Champions League is coming up now, so it’s an important part of the season.
“We will just keep our focus and go into the Champions League game this week, and then the Premier League game. We will take it step by step and we will not get ahead of ourselves.
“There are fantastic teams in the league this season. All the other teams have been getting results.
“We have to focus on ourselves and that is the most important thing. We are in control of our own destiny. Hopefully everything will work out. “