Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola doesn't worry about Raheem Sterling's fall

MANCHESTER: Manchester city manager Pep Guardiola not worried about a dramatic drop in the way of Raheem Sterling In recent weeks.

Sterling has not scored in six appearances this year, with his last goals in the 3-2 defeat of the city against Wolves on December 27.

Last season football The writer of the year player in England had a great opportunity to break that duck as City advanced to the final of the League Cup against Manchester United on Wednesday, but shot above the bar after rounding goalkeeper David from Gea.

However, Guardiola believes that Sterling is still making a contribution with his full game.

Raheem defended incredibly well against (Aaron) Wan-Bissaka in the last game and had the clearest possibilities that no other player can create for himself and unfortunately he could not score a goal, the Catalan said.

But he was there and that's why I'm more than happy with the performance he did against United.

A month ago, people talked about their statistics, goals, assists, but I always said that I was not just judging Raheem by those points. It was important, but not the only one.

Sterling already scored 24 goals in 39 games this season for City and England, but slowed down after a quick start in which he had 17 at the end of October.

Only two of the city's 24 have been lost. Premier league games and so far escaped injuries, but Guardiola has no plans to get him out of the line of fire.

I don't think he needs rest, Guardiola added.

It is one of the types that can recover faster than I have known in my career.

It's amazing, he could play every other day and, of course, when he plays regularly, he feels better, but all players feel it.

Guardiola takes his team to Tottenham on Sunday in the Premier league where he will face old adversary Jose Mourinho for the 23rd time in their managerial careers.

They met for the last time in a Manchester derby in November 2018 when Guardiola's City ran out of convincing 3-1 winners over Mourinho's United.

The Portuguese had left Old Trafford a month after that defeat and after almost a year out of the game, he replaced Mauricio Pochettino in the Spurs in November.

The 57-year-old has not had the convincing start he expected, winning only eight of 17 games in all competitions so far, but Guardiola understands why it has not been easier.

I watched the last game against Southampton and saw a completely alive team, added Guardiola, who won 10 and drew seven of his previous meetings with Mourinho.

They conceded a goal in the last minutes, but I saw a team that is there.

"Every manager has different ideas. Pochettino was there for five years and Mourinho has been there months, and every manager needs time to make the team try to play in the way you want and maybe it's still too early for him."