- Raheem Sterling scored the winning goal for Manchester City at Newcastle
- Sterling now has 17 goals this season, which is a huge personal improvement
- The forward admitted he has cut out dribbling so much this season
- He said: ‘There is no point dribbling if you are not helping the team’
Raheem Sterling says Pep Guardiola has removed the needless dribbles from his game and has turned him into a ruthless goalscorer.
It is hard to argue with the methodology of the Manchester City manager when considering the 17 goals Sterling has now scored this season, his latest coming in Wednesday’s 1-0 win at Newcastle.
That tally is already six more than he has managed in any previous campaign and his 13 in the league are only bettered by Harry Kane and Mo Salah.
Raheem Sterling dribbles past Newcastle’s DeAndre Yedlin on Wednesday night
But Pep Guardiola has told Sterling to cut out excessive dribbling from his game
‘I’ve probably had better seasons dribbling, but this is the most efficient I’ve been and that’s exactly what I want to do. There is no point dribbling if you are not helping the team,’ said Sterling when asked about his improvement under Guardiola this year.
‘It is definitely my best season in terms of goalscoring. Who wouldn’t enjoy this? It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and I’ve always wanted to improve on and get better at. I’m just happy to bring that to pass and hopefully I can carry on.’
Sterling celebrated another winning goal for Manchester City at St James’ Park
The England forward swept the ball past Rob Elliot to score the only goal of the game
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The midweek win was City’s 18th on the spin in the league and another victory at Crystal Palace on Sunday will equal the record set by Guardiola’s Bayern Munich in Europe’s top five divisions.
Sterling, though, says talk of records is not something the dressing room is too bothered about.
‘I don’t think anyone is too focused on that,’ he said, with City now 15 points clear at the top.
‘Keep winning – that’s the biggest motivation that you can have, to have the next games come so thick and fast, we have to try and keep that run going.
‘Once you win the game and the stats come up, that’s all well and good. They’re nice to have on your CV but we have to keep winning. Records only stand for a certain amount of time and we can’t be thinking about that.
‘We just have to have a single focus on getting the job done. If it happens, it happens, but we have to go into games with a mentality to get the job done.’