Pep Guardiola and Raheem Sterling addressed a busy press room today at the City Football Academy ahead of Tuesday night’s game against Napoli in Group F of the Champions League.
The City boss said the team have to prepare for a different type of challenge than they are used to domestically.
“Saturday was the best performance we have produced. Tomorrow is a new game and new competition so we are focused.
“We have to adapt for Napoli, they have a different playing style than what we see in the Premier League.”
Sergio Aguero was an unused substitute against Stoke after returning sooner than expected from rib damage suffered in a car accident. And Guardiola confirmed that he has impressed in training and getting better.
“Day by day, Sergio (Aguero) is much better. Yesterday he had an amazing training session.”
Only one player in Europe is better than Kevin De Bruyne now, Pep reckons. We all know who he is referring to and it isn’t CR7. He is obviously referring to
Fabian Delph Lionel Messi, but on this form, KDB may soon be a genuine Ballon d’Or candidate.
“Kevin De Bruyne is the best player in Europe bar one. To be considered the best, you have to win titles.
“I would like to help Kevin all I can to help him get to the highest level possible.
“I don’t help Kevin by comparing him with Messi. He (Messi) scored 60 goals every season. I hear many times, ‘That guy is like Messi’. Not possible.”
“Saturday was a massive performance from the boys and I think we bounced back really well in the second half,” Raz said.
Pep Guardiola is having a big impact on Sterling’s overall game, something the young winger acknowledged at the CFA.
“I do whatever the manager tells me. He gives a set plan and we try to do that but sometimes we have to go and try to win games.
“Pep has been massive for me, especially with basic and simple stuff.
“The majority of my goals have come from inside the box. Hopefully I can get into double figures this year.”
He also rates Kevin De Bruyne – but at this point, who doesn’t?
“De Bruyne is a massive player to have in your team, he’s a really great player!”
Finally, did Raheem Sterling almost join Arsenal in the summer? The answer is no – and the man himself says the idea barely even entered his thought process.
“I didn’t need to speak to Pep about it (Arsenal interest). I woke up one day and saw it. I didn’t think about it for one minute.”