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Guardiola hails Sterling – but calls for City winger to perform consistently

Date Posted,December 23, 2016

Sterling’s value may have tumbled in recent months, but it is on the rise at Manchester City.

Raheem Sterling’s importance to City is growing under Pep Guardiola after an inconsistent first season and traumatic Euros.

Guardiola is remoulding the England star into a more potent force and he has had 128 touches in the opposition box – more than any other Premier League player .

Sterling, who turned 22 earlier this month, took his tally to six goals and three assists with his winner against Arsenal and Guardiola feels he is bang in form.

The City boss believes his next target is to be more consistent, which he claims will come with experience.

Sterling notched City’s winner against Arsenal last weekend (Photo: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty)

“In the last game against Arsenal, he came back to the level he started the season at,” he said.

“The last month-and-a-half, he was a little bit down. But you can forget again how young he is and he needs to live a lot of experience to become more stable.

“But in general, his performance was high and we need this guy for one against one.

“Of course, he is not our top scorer, but he has to feel how beautiful it is to score goals, how important it is for the team, but for him as well.

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