Gary Neville Claims Raheem Sterling's Improvement Is Down To Coaching, He Responds
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Raheem Sterling took to Instagram to give a light-hearted response to Gary Neville's comments about him on Monday Night Football.
In his 200th Premier League appearance, the Manchester City and England winger laid on a sublime assist for Riyad Mahrez's winning goal against Spurs at Wembley last night.
Sterling now boasts an incredible record of 48 goals and 52 assists in 151 appearances for City since joining from Liverpool in 2015, developing into an indispensable player for the champions.
Raheem Sterling has been directly involved 100 goals in 151 appearances for City in all competitions.- City Chief ️ (@City_Chief) October 29, 2018
He became the 5th youngest player to make 200 appearances in the PL. pic.twitter.com/frvDSt9OFO
But Neville pinned a lot of his growth down to the coaching Pep Guardiola has done and made a comparison to Anthony Martial, who he feels has more natural ability.
"Look at Raheem Sterling, who I don't think has Martial's talent, and his transformation over the last 12 months and why he is scoring 18, 20 goals a season. That's the coaching Pep Guardiola has put into him," the former Manchester United right-back said on Sky Sports prior to the game.
"They have to invest in him (Martial) and I'm sure they are. Jose Mourinho wants a team that is ready to win the league now and Martial isn't ready, but he can actually become a top player over the next two, three years, like Sterling has done."
Neville wasn't exactly being critical of Sterling, someone he worked with at England, but the former Liverpool man felt the need to comment.
Gary Neville "Look at Raheem Sterling, who I don't think has Anthony Martial's talent, and his transformation over the last 12 months and why he is scoring 18, 20 goals a season. That's the coaching Pep Guardiola has put into him"- The Pep (@GuardiolaTweets) October 30, 2018
Raheem Sterling: pic.twitter.com/wefNOxs2mu
While 'G Nev' has a point because it's clear that Guardiola has taken his game to new heights, Sterling undoubtedly deserves credit for the way he has improved as a player.
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