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Sterling wants City to improve before Real Madrid clash

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Raheem Sterling has called on his teammates to improve their all-round play ahead of their second-leg Champions League clash against Real Madrid.

City have blown hot and cold since the restart and Raheem Sterling wants his side to attain balance ahead of a big game in August.

The Citizens started the restart of football with a convincing 3-0 win over Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal. The Manchester outift created chances for fun on that occasion but have struggled to maintain that consistency.

A shock defeat to Southampton alongside an FA Cup defeat to Arsenal exposed the need for Sterling and company to get back to scoring goals for fun.

City recorded an emphatic 4-0 win over Watford in their last outing and they would need to maintain such levels against Real Madrid.

A season-defining clash awaits the Citizens on the 8th of August and Sterling wants his side to be 100% ready for that encounter.

“Anything can happen in football and we are just happy that we’ve another game before that one [against Real Madrid],” he said as quoted by the Independent.

“We’ll try to take as many positives as we can from the game against Watford and the one at the weekend. We’ll try to make the most of it.”

“The most important thing is to finish strongly with the game at the weekend. That’s all we can do.”

“Prepare right, do the right things and hopefully take that into the Madrid game.”

Sterling is just a goal shy of hitting 30 goals in all competitions for City this season. Once again, the 25-year-old insists he is more focused on winning trophies than his individual haul.

“The previous season I scored less goals but won more trophies – which is the most important thing, if your goals are contributing to winning trophies. I wouldn’t say it’s my best season.”

It promises to be a tough game when City host La Liga champions Real Madrid at the Etihad in less than a month from now.