Raheem Sterling has been in blistering form this season and has been somewhat rejuvenated by Pep Guardiola since his arrival – but the England man wants to do more.
He’s cut out somethings in his life that were a distraction, taking him away from playing football as well as he knows he can do.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the City winger said:
“The environment is really good and I am keeping myself to myself, keeping away from certain stuff I was doing last year, it’s doing me the world of good so that’s what I need to keep doing. I am enjoying my football.
“I need to be a player who helps the team on a regular basis, not just once every few months,” he says. “That’s what I am trying to do, it will take time but I will get there.
“We probably haven’t played the football we would have liked in certain games, but what matters is getting the three points,
“For us to stay in the game against Crystal Palace and then come from behind against Burnley is a massive statement to show we are not giving up. If teams make it hard for us we will keep on fighting.”
City face Chelsea in the Premier League tomorrow in what will be a feisty top of the table clash, and Raheem wants to go out and attack Chelsea from the off:
“We want to be competing with teams like Chelsea at the end of the season so this game is a massive one for us. It’s a game we know we have to compete in from the first minute and we can’t let slip. We will be fully focused and ready to challenge and not give them an easy game.
“It’s a game we need to win to be taken even more seriously and make a statement. They are playing great football, scoring lots of goals and conceding very few, but we are fully focused and the manager is getting us ready and prepared.
“Christmas every year seems to be the most important period and this time around it is massive. We have some of the big teams so it’s a period where we need to be fully focused and know exactly what we need to do to come out in good shape after Christmas.”