- Raheem Sterling admitted Manchester City had to win ugly against Feyenoord
- Sterling scored the game’s only goal with just two minutes left to secure the win
- The winger said City have shown the mentality to win in different ways all season
- He was also full of praise for their Dutch opponents and said they made it hard
Match-winner Raheem Sterling admitted that winning ugly is sometimes a necessity as Manchester City recorded a late 1-0 Champions League victory over Feyenoord at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night.
Sterling fired home an 88th-minute winner to earn the Premier League leaders maximum points as Pep Guardiola’s men completed a double over their Dutch Group F opponents this season after a comfortable 4-0 victory at Feyenoord in September.
He told BT Sport: ‘What we’ve shown this season – no matter what competition it is – if it’s Champions League, Premier League, cup games, we’ve got the mentality that we want to win and even if it’s sometimes ugly, we just try to make sure we get the three points and the win.’
Raheem Sterling admitted Manchester City had to beat Feyenoord the ugly way on Tuesday
The goal was England midfielder Sterling’s 11th of the season in all competitions and he said he was impressed by the Dutch side’s battling qualities.
He added: ‘It’s always good to score but the most important thing is to win.
‘They kept really solid. I think today at times we were a bit slow on the ball. I think we could have played a bit quicker.
‘There was some good play at the end but credit to them, they dug in deep and kept in the game for as long as possible.’
The winger scored the only goal in the 88th minute to ensure City qualify as Group F winners