Sterling must improve - Pellegrini
Published 07/11/2015 | 02:30
Manuel Pellegrini has prescribed extra scoring practice for Raheem Sterling after saying the Manchester City forward "must improve" in front of goal.
That is despite Sterling, a £49million summer signing from Liverpool, taking his tally to six this season with the opener in Tuesday's Champions League victory against Sevilla in Spain.
The 20-year-old struck 11 goals for Liverpool last season, but despite being deployed as a winger at City, is capable of surpassing that total this term, according to Pellegrini.
"I knew he scored 11 for Liverpool, but I don't think that's a huge amount for Raheem," the City manager said. "He must score more and to do that he must work a lot.
"He soon settled into our style of play and I'm happy that he has six already, but of course Raheem is a young player and I was sure from the beginning that he must improve a lot.
"When you are 21 and you work as a good professional, you must improve. Playing every day with important players is good for a young player, you are always learning from experienced players.
"But the third thing, which is very important, is the style we play is good for him. He will have good chances to score. Now we must be quiet and let him do it in the correct way."
Pellegrini, whose league leaders face bottom club Aston Villa at Villa Park tomorrow, believes that Sterling must work on his composure in the penalty area.
"It is important for a striker who must improve his number of goals to be calm in the box," Pellegrini said. "It's important to finish with your head up and dominate the situation, not let the situation dominate you. And that's something we are trying to improve every day."
Remi Garde will be in the dugout at Villa Park for the first time and Pellegrini believes Villa will pose a greater threat with players eager to impress.
"Always when you have a new manager, you have some reaction," Pellegrini said. "They're at the bottom, they have a new manager, so they have the motivation not to be relegated.
"He (Garde) was at (Manchester City's training ground) Carrington two years ago but I don't know him too much."
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