Martin Keown has hailed “outstanding” Raheem Sterling for his game-changing performance in Manchester City’s comeback win over Real Madrid.
City produced a stunning late fightback as goals from Gabriel Jesus and Kevin de Bruyne secured a memorable 2-1 win at Real Madrid.
Writing in his column for the Daily Mail
, Keown said: "Manchester City's comeback was down to the magnificent movement of Raheem Sterling, and this is something the 25-year-old has mastered under Pep Guardiola.
"Sterling was brought off the bench in the 73rd minute. In the 78th, he made an off-the-ball run behind Real Madrid's defence, before Kevin De Bruyne joined his team-mate in support. He crossed, found Gabriel Jesus and bang, 1-1. Then in the 83rd minute, Sterling runs directly at Real from the left wing, forcing Dani Carvajal into fouling him and winning the penalty.
"De Bruyne then found the bottom-left corner for 2-1. What an outstanding substitute's performance this was from Sterling. His movement is first class and that was what gave Real nightmares, leaving City in the driving seat of this tie. As the ultimate tactician, Guardiola is someone who tries to push the boundaries, and we saw an incredibly fluid set-up from City here."
Source: The Mirror