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Why Raheem Sterling and Pep Guardiola’s relationship suffered towards the end of last season

Why Raheem Sterling and Man City boss Pep Guardiola's relationship suffered towards the end of last season

A possible insight has recently been provided as to why Raheem Sterling played less towards the end of last season.

Sterling in disgrace

Towards the end of last season, Raheem Sterling fell from grace at Manchester City.

The Englishman, once one of City’s star men, was being used as a supporting player on the Sky Blues second team.

Instead, Phil Foden, Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan were being deployed ahead of Sterling in City’s biggest games.

In the league, Sterling continued to play regularly, but this was because City already held the title closed and Pep instead opted to use his first team in key Champions League matchups.

Guardiola and Sterling fight

However, why did Sterling start to lose favor with Guardiola?

Of course, one factor was its form, which had been in decline for a while.

However, The Athletic’s Sam Lee has now shed some light on why Sterling’s relationship with Pep suffered towards the end of last season.

And, according to Lee, it started after City’s 2-0 loss to Manchester United in the league in March. Sterling was benched for the next game against Southampton and is said to have made his feelings known to his boss:

When the lineup was confirmed in the hours before the game, Sterling became angry and made his feelings known to Guardiola, so much so that the City manager left him off the squad completely a few days later, and the relationship suffered in the weeks and months later.

So why did Guardiola start Sterling in the Champions League final?

Lee also provided an explanation for that, suggesting that Guardiola wanted to show Sterling that he still trusted him by starting him in such an important game:

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# Team MP D P
1 Liverpool FC 6 eleven 14
2 Manchester city 6 eleven 13
3 Chelsea Football Club 6 10 13
4 United manchester 6 8 13
5 Everton FC 6 5 13
6 Brighton and Hove Albion 6 3 13
7 West Ham United 6 5 eleven
8 Aston Villa 6 2 10
9 Brentford fc 6 3 9
10 Arsenal FC 6 -5 9
eleven Tottenham Hotspur 6 -5 9
12 Watford FC 6 -2 7
13 Leicester City 6 -3 7
14 Wolverhampton Wanderers 6 -2 6
fifteen crystal Palace 6 -3 6
sixteen Southampton FC 6 -3 4
17 Newcastle united 6 -7 3
18 Leeds United 6 -8 3
19 FC Burnley 6 -6 2
twenty Norwich city 6 -14 0
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Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 5
Maupay, Neal Brighton and Hove Albion 4
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Sarr, Ismael Watford FC 4
Benrahma said West Ham United 3
Gray, Demarai Everton FC 3
Ronaldo, Cristiano United manchester 3
Lukaku, Romelu Chelsea Football Club 3
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 3
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 3
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 3
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 3
Raphinha Leeds United 3
Greenwood, Mason United manchester 3
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