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Raheem Sterling: I forgot my identity and how to play under Manuel Pellegrini

Raheem Sterling has been rejuvenated under Pep Guardiola and has now taken a swipe at Manuel Pellegrini.

It’s fair to say that Raheem Sterling didn’t have as good a season as he would have hoped last year, however this year he looks like a completely new player.

The England international has now explained why he is having a good start to the campaign and believes it is down to Pep allowing him some more freedom. Speaking to the BBC, the 21-year-old said:

“I feel a lot more freedom, I feel I can get on the ball a bit more and as I get the ball I feel I can express myself by taking touches and trying to take players on. I’m really enjoying it.”

He also went onto criticise Manuel Pellegrini’s training tactics, suggesting he was used in a way that wouldn’t get the best out of him:

“Under the previous coach, in training sometimes it was always two touches and you kind of get into that way of playing and you forget your identity and how to play.

“That’s not my style of play. My style of play is to get the ball and try to go at players.

“Now I’m learning to mix it up as well and not just every single time go down a blind alley; know when to take two touches and when to take my man on.”

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