Raheem Sterling is concentrating on Champions League glory with Chelsea and says it was a ‘large shock’ to lose his beginning spot at Manchester City final time period.
Chelsea turned champions of Europe for the second time within the membership’s historical past in 2020-21 below present boss Thomas Tuchel, a trophy Sterling has by no means gained, with Pep Guardiola unable to information his staff to glory within the competitors up to now.
Chelsea beat Metropolis in that remaining – 9 years on after they gained it the primary time in 2011-12 – with Sterling on the shedding facet, a sense he has not been used to since he moved to the Etihad Stadium in 2015 from Liverpool.
The 27-year-old was a key participant at Metropolis as they dominated English soccer, serving to them win 4 Premier League titles, 5 League Cups and the FA Cup.
Nonetheless, the England worldwide was lowered to the bench for big components of final season, and determined to affix Chelsea this summer season in a £47.5m deal.
‘It was a giant shock [losing his starting role],’ Sterling mentioned. ‘An enormous shock. A change of occasions rapidly.
‘It’s one thing I needed to deal with, and that’s why I’m right here. The supervisor, myself, and the individuals on the membership know precisely what the explanations have been.
‘I attempted to play my soccer and overcome the state of affairs, but it surely couldn’t be performed. So I needed to transfer on.
‘I haven’t performed Champions League soccer with Chelsea but. They’ve clearly gained it. I haven’t. They have bragging rights.
‘However once more, I’m right here to attempt to win it. I don’t know if I’m higher off right here or there [at Man City] – it’s not actually my forte.
‘I’ll simply exit and attempt to assist the staff as I do each season.’
In the meantime, Sterling has sent message to boss Tuchel over his best position at Chelsea.
The Blues are again in motion on Sunday after they host London rivals Tottenham.
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