Raheem Sterling requested movies of final season’s Tottenham defeat as motivation for Manchester City’s spectacular 2-1 victory over Actual Madrid, Gary Lineker has revealed.
The 25-year-old netted his 100th aim for City as Pep Guardiola’s facet steamrolled into the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a with a 2-1 win over the LaLiga champions.
City condoned Zinedine Zidane to a primary defeat as a supervisor in a knockout recreation due to targets from Sterling and Gabriel Jesus and the Premier League facet will now play Lyon in a one-off match in Lisbon subsequent Saturday as the rest of the competitors is performed as a mini-tournament.
Lineker revealed that Sterling requested for a video of City’s defeat to Tottenham on the quarter-final stage final season within the hope of motivating his squad to defeat Actual within the last-16 conflict.
Lineker mentioned: “I don’t know whether or not I’m alleged to share this or whether or not it’s alleged to be a secret, however he really acquired in contact with BT to ask for the video of final season’s recreation towards Tottenham Hotspur that they misplaced.
“Not simply to see his efficiency however he needed to get that feeling again of shedding and what it meant.
“It simply reveals you ways a lot thought goes into his recreation – so he needed to verify it didn’t occur once more I suppose.”
Guardiola’s males have been on the right track for a quadruple after they got here up towards Spurs final 12 months.
Nevertheless, the Residents misplaced 1-Zero to Spurs within the first leg at Tottenham Hotspur stadium, and crashed out on away targets regardless of profitable 4-Three within the return on the Etihad.
And after City’s win, the Spanish boss reaffirmed his willpower to lastly carry the European Cup this time round.
He mentioned: “I’m greater than glad, in fact, particularly for the gamers to go to Portugal and attempt to make the subsequent step. We all know precisely which group we beat, so we’re extremely glad.
“Within the first half we tried to play and assault nevertheless it was not attainable with the standard from the opponents.
“Within the second half it helped to play with wingers wider. We confirmed to opponents what we needed to do and we created sufficient possibilities.
“I feel it’s greater than deserved to be within the subsequent stage.”