The Great British weather might be cold and wet, but Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling is in red hot form.
The 24 year old has been on an incredible curve of improvement of late. A few seasons ago, while his blistering pace was always impressive, his finishing and decisiveness was sometimes lacking. However, as with a number of members of this squad, Pep Guardiola has shown the ability to improve already very good players, and the patience required to do so
This fixture last time round saw 5 goals, however it was overshadowed by the serious injury to a City fan. However I have heard reports that he is no longer in a medically induced coma and is responsive, so hopefully his recovery continues to go well.
Manchester City have the class to see of Schalke, and a lot of eyes I imagine will be on Stirling.
He showed how clinical his finishing has become on Saturday evening against Watford, where he was responsible for all of City’s goals. He also scored the winner against Shalke on the reverse leg of this fixture, despite them playing 5 at the back.
Hopefully with confidence knowing that he is in good form and that he is capable of putting goals past Fahrmann, combined with Manchester City’s overall confidence from going back to top of the domestic league, and knowing they won the away fixture should hopefully prove a good game for both Manchester City and Stirling himself.
Stirling is on the cusp of becoming something of a Manchester City legend and, helping City to a good run in the Champions League will only serve to strengthen his reputation as such.