Sterling reflects on ‘wake-up call’ as he targets end to goal drought against Man Utd

first_img Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/9b/1c/raheem-sterling-manchester-city-2019-20_1fa9wetpckuv61hqfrw9fyy567.jpg?t=1113557966&w=500&quality=80 Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling is confident that Saturday will be the day he finally breaks his duck of having failed to score against Manchester United.Initially criticised at the beginning of his career for lacking killer instinct, the forward, who will celebrate his 25th birthday on Sunday, has become increasingly efficient in front of goal and last term notched 25 strikes in all competitions as City won the Premier League title. “We’ve got to keep focused and keep the belief – even if the manager doesn’t say it. “It’s a long season and they are far ahead, credit to them, but it’s the Premier League. That’s why we’ve got to be prepared and ready as there’s some tricky games ahead for them. We’ve just got to keep focused and win our games to be with a shout if they do slip up.”Sterling has 15 goals in 21 appearances for City this season, including eight in 14 Premier League outings. Third-placed City face an immense challenge in retaining their Premier League title, having fallen 11 points behind Liverpool, but Sterling is not ready to give up on another crown yet – even if Pep Guardiola has gone public to say his side are no longer thinking of that target.“It’s one that none of us at the club are happy with but it’s happening now,” he said. However, the former Liverpool man has not scored against the Red Devils in 16 previous attempts, making them the only side that he has played more than seven times without scoring.Nevertheless, he is confident that run can come to an end in Saturday’s derby as he aims to quieten his critics once again.“It was a subject I kept hearing after games; that I don’t score enough and I’m not good enough in front of goal,” he told Sky Sports.“When I first came onto the scene I wanted to show I had ability and that I was a good player. But I was never trying to be greedy in trying to win matches by myself. “It was a wake-up call hearing all the critics saying he can’t score goals, so I thought I’d show them that I can. It’s something I started to work on and have belief.“It’s a shift in mentality: in the dressing room I’d always think: ‘What am I going to do to the right back today – shall I nutmeg him? Maybe a step over?’“But now it’s a straight mentality of trying to score and where a goal can come from.”last_img read more

Tottenham nearly signed Liverpool sensation, reveals Sherwood

first_img Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling 1 Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has revealed he tried to sign Raheem Sterling for Tottenham when he was working with the youth team there.Sterling came through the ranks at Queens Park Rangers, but he was snapped up by Liverpool in 2010 for a fee which could reach £5million.However, Sherwood has now revealed how he attempted to bring the talented winger to White Hart Lane while he was working with Spurs’ youth setup.“He’s [Sterling] a great talent, a good guy as well. I have known him since he was a young boy,” said Sherwood.“He’s got a real winner’s mentality and he is one we have to watch [on Sunday] and show a lot of respect to.“Everyone knew about Raheem when he was at Queens Park Rangers and people made efforts to try and get him.“Liverpool were the fortunate ones. I am not sure Tottenham wanted to send the money that was asked at the time, but I think he has possibly made the correct decision there because he has gone to a club with a manager who wants to give him an opportunity to play.”last_img read more

Las Vegas Sands hints at joint bid with an Osaka enterprise

first_img Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentions Las Vegas Sands has been noticeably silent in the pursuit of a Japanese IR in recent months, but that all changed this week with the company’s Managing Director – Global Development, George Tanasijevich, revealing that LVS plans to enter a joint bid with local companies for an Osaka IR.As reported by the Sankei Shimbun, Tanasijevich said Sands has been in discussion with several companies, stating, “We are consulting with companies who have expertise and are willing to help us deepen our understanding of Japanese business practice and culture. It is a company that we can cooperate with to prepare a strong bid and lead us both to success.” It is believed that Osaka city and prefecture will publicly invite ideas from IR operators this spring and aim to select one in the summer. Tanasijevich stressed that LVS was currently putting its efforts behind Osaka, also the primary target of MGM Resorts, Melco Resorts and Entertainment and Genting Singapore.He also observed that if things progress in Osaka, it would enable thousands of local companies to be involved in the venture.It is likely, however, that LVS is keeping its options open with Tanasijevich stating, “Our business model would also be suitable for Tokyo and Yokohama.” RelatedPosts Load More Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IRlast_img read more