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Sterling assisted Man City's goal vs Spurs.

Raheem Sterling responds to Gary Neville's comments on Monday Night Football

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Raheem Sterling played a massive role in Manchester City 1-0 victory over Spurs at Wembley.

After just six minutes, Sterling skipped past England teammate Kieran Trippier and pulled the ball back perfectly for Riyad Mahrez, who made no mistake with his finish.

It was the only goal of the game as Pep Guardiola’s side went back to the top of the Premier League.

And it rounded off a pretty special month for Sterling.

He may not have scored during City’s five matches - where they won four and drew one - but he did score his first England goals in three years when he bagged a brace during an incredible 3-2 win against Spain.

That night in Sevilla was one of Sterling’s best moments during his career to date and represents the improvement the 23-year-old has made in recent years.

And, speaking on Monday Night Football, Gary Neville credited City boss Guardiola for Sterling’s improvement.

"Look at Raheem Sterling, who I don't think has (Anthony) Martial's talent, and his transformation over the last 12 months and why he is scoring 18, 20 goals a season. That's the coaching Pep Guardiola has put into him,” Neville explained.

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But Sterling has responded.

On his Instagram stories, Sterling wrote: “But the transformation on his game in the last twelve months is from the coaching!!!! The disrespect from G Net,” with four laughing emojis.

It seems Sterling saw the funny side of it but he clearly wasn’t going to let Neville’s comments slide.

But Sterling is no doubt fully aware of the role Guardiola has played in his recent development.

In his first season at City under Manuel Pellegrini, Sterling managed just six Premier League goals.

Last season, he notched 18 and played a big role as City reached the 100-point mark.

While plenty of it is down to Guardiola’s coaching, Sterling also deserves an enormous amount of credit for his rise.

Topics:
Gary Neville
Football
Riyad Mahrez
Pep Guardiola
Raheem Sterling
England Football
Manchester City
Manchester United

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