"Playing Raheem Sterling against Real Madrid would be a risk", says former Manchester City star

Wednesday, February 26th, 2020 7:12pm

By Francis Whiteley

Jim Whitley doesn't want to gamble with Sterling's fitness

Manchester City's Champions League tie against Real Madrid is arguably the biggest in the history of the club. Any fixture at the Bernabeu is important, but with a potential two year ban from the Champions League hanging over Pep Guardiola's side, it is now crucial that they win the competition this season.

Manchester City have received a big boost to their chances with the news that Raheem Sterling should be fit to play - but he's only made the bench.

It would be a huge gamble to give him a significant amount of minutes so soon after an injury, yet City may have no choice other than to throw Sterling in. But, speaking to the Posh Boys on Drive, former Manchester City midfielder Jim Whitley said it simply isn't worth the risk.

'Pep has a habit of trying to tinker with his team in big games - but this is not the game for it. He needs to focus on what he's good at. You've got to be careful with Raheem. He could be fit, but rushing him back too quickly would be far too dangerous'.

'When you've got a squad as deep as Manchester City's, there's no need to take that risk, and it would be huge to bring him back too early. That said, the physio facilities they have at Manchester City are extraordinary - so maybe he really is fit!'

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