Manchester City produced a disappointing display on Saturday night as they fell to a 1-0 defeat against Chelsea in the Champions League final.
Kai Havertz’s first half goal was enough to separate the two sides, with the Citizens struggling to create chances throughout the game and looking far from their best. That wasn’t helped by Pep Guardiola’s strange decision to start both Fernandinho and Rodri on the bench, which allowed the Stamford Bridge outfit to dominate the midfield.
One player who disappointed in the defeat in Portugal was Raheem Sterling, as the England international struggled to get involved during his time on the pitch, with an early chance from Ederson’s long ball his only real telling contribution.
As per SofaScore, the former Liverpool man earned a less than impressive 6.5/10 rating for his display, with only Ederson (6.3) and Bernardo Silva (6.3) rated lower of the City players who started the game.
During his 77 minutes on the pitch, the 26-year-old had just 29 touches of the ball, which was fewer than Ederson, whilst he only completed 11 passes, which was the fewest of any player from either team to start the game (SofaScore).
Considering that Sterling has averaged 21.5 passes per game in the Champions League this season, it is clear that he was way below par on Saturday night and failed to repay Guardiola’s trust in him to start.
The 26-year-old has struggled for form in recent months and recent reports have suggested that he could even be sold this summer, so it was something of a surprise to see him earn a start in Portugal, but unfortunately he failed to impress.
He struggled against Chelsea’s right-sided defensive duo of Reece James and Cesar Azpilicueta, who both earned above a 7/10 SofaScore rating for their performances, as Sterling failed to dribble past either of them once in the game.
Despite being involved so infrequently, the “remarkable” winger managed to lose possession 12 times, with City’s rare attacks regularly breaking down when he got involved, which must surely have frustrated Guardiola.
It will be interesting to see whether Sterling remains at the Etihad Stadium this summer after another shocking display when it mattered most.