How Pep Guardiola’s coaching has turned Raheem Sterling into one of England’s leading lights


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It is only a small detail but it says everything about the specificity of Pep Guardiola’s coaching and the little observations and improvements he wants to make in his players’ games. Guardiola had noticed that when Raheem Sterling received the ball, he would kill it with the outside of his foot, or trap it under his boot, stopping the ball. But that would make life too easy for opposition left-backs, so Guardiola had an idea. “I would be controlling it with the outside of my foot, slowing the ball down,” Sterling revealed at the England press conference on Monday afternoon.


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