By Sky Sports activities Information
Final Up to date: 26/07/19 11:51pm
Raheem Sterling says he was glad his former membership Liverpool gained the Champions League final season and insists the Premier League will at all times stay the precedence for Manchester Metropolis.
Sterling left Liverpool in acrimonious circumstances in 2015 to affix Metropolis, the place he has gone on to win 5 main trophies – together with back-to-back Premier League titles underneath Pep Guardiola.
Metropolis went head-to-head with Liverpool within the league final season till the ultimate day, ultimately beating the Reds by only a single level to retain their title.
Sterling insists he holds no grudge towards his former membership and was pleased to see them topped European champions towards Tottenham, who knocked out in Metropolis within the semi-final stage.
“I was really happy for them, happy for some of the players I know to lift the Champions League,” he stated.
“The Champions League is very large for us as a membership however our most vital factor is successful the Premier League. That is our essential goal going into this season.
“Sure, it might be good to win the Champions League however firstly we wish to win the league. The Premier League is your bread and butter, each weekend, what you prepare for daily.
“The Champions League is the nicer wanting one, essentially the most prestigious as individuals say, however each weekend you set in a shift, you are going to robust locations.
“You are off to Crystal Palace, Burnley. It is robust. You place a lot time into it.”
Metropolis face Liverpool within the Group Defend subsequent Sunday earlier than starting the brand new Premier League season away to West Ham on August 10.
Guardiola’s facet are aiming to grow to be solely the second group in Premier League historical past to win three consecutive titles however Sterling is aware of the scale of the duty going through the defending champions.
He stated: “It will be more durable than final season. To do that 3 times in a row is a large problem for us. It is a problem we’re positively up for.
“We’re getting our work in now, getting our fitness up, and we’ll be ready for the Community Shield against Liverpool. We want to be up and ready.”
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