'Not even Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are playing at Raheem Sterling's level' Ian Holloway heaps praise on Man City superstar

Ian Holloway by Ian Holloway / 08 November 2019, 08:51

I don’t see anyone playing better football than Raheem Sterling at the moment. Not anyone. Even Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Are those two in such a good vein of form as Sterling? I believe not.

We used to see Sterling go through on goal and think ‘he’s not going to score’. He never looked like he was confident of finishing. Now he just rolls it into the net.

He’s an absolute credit to himself, his manager, his teammates, and his country. His mum deserves a medal. It’s just a great story. He’s a wonderful kid and he’s getting better and better.

I wish I was on that training ground every day watching Pep Guardiola coach his players.

He gives them something else. All the best managers do, they give you a lift. They make you believe that you can achieve more than you ever thought was possible. They enable you to shine.

Inside all of us there’s a chance to be a genius at something. People like Pep make you believe that you can do it. It’s unbelievable.

I think it comes from who that manager is, and the respect that you have for them. What they stand for. The morals that they’ve got. The humility.

Imagine the confidence you must feel after someone like Pep Guardiola tells you that you can do something. You’d feel that you could conquer the world. That’s what has happened with Sterling.

We’ve seen it before with Frank Lampard and John Terry when Jose Mourinho came to Chelsea, and then later Didier Drogba.

Ruud van Nistelrooy has also previously spoken about how Sir Alex Ferguson made him believe he could be great.

It’s about how a manager can influence you. Then it’s down to what’s inside of you. Can you produce that something special?

Manager, teammates, player, it all comes together in one and you can see that with Sterling at the minute.

The confidence Sterling now exudes. If you could bottle it you’d be a multi-multi billionaire.

It’s only a matter of time until the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona come calling.

I do hope he stays at Man City though. He’s almost unplayable at times. His turn of pace, the timing of his runs, and his passing. He’s an absolute joy to watch.

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