Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

RAHEEM WAS HOT STUFF IN FRYING PAN ; City Special CITY SPECIALPellegrini's Counter-Attacking Tactics Suited Sterling Perfectly and Proved the Potential of City's Offensive Threat in Europe

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

RAHEEM WAS HOT STUFF IN FRYING PAN ; City Special CITY SPECIALPellegrini's Counter-Attacking Tactics Suited Sterling Perfectly and Proved the Potential of City's Offensive Threat in Europe

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RAHEEM Sterling was asked to do a big job in the Frying Pan on Tuesday night and he slung Sevilla into the Champions League fire.

The City winger was brought into the team in place of the popular Kevin de Bruyne, a huge call from manager Manuel Pellegrini.

And with qualification in the balance, in the city nicknamed El Sarten - the Frying Pan - for its sizzling summer temperatures, the heat was truly on.

In the end, Sterling tormented right-back Coke as the Blues pulled off a spectacular 3-1 win.

Pellegrini's judgment was spot-on as he identi-fied the fact that Sevilla, needing a win, would be susceptible to the pace of Sterling and Jesus Navas, rather than the more subtle skills of De Bruyne. The trouble Sterling's speed created was highlighted by Coke, who was given a torrid time by the youngster all night.

The experienced defender was pickpocketed by the England man to create City's second goal, Sterling taking the ball off him and setting off for goal, then teeing up Wilfried Bony for a shot which the keeper turned into Fernandinho's path.

But it was the first goal which disappointed Coke most, as he was left flatfooted by Sterling's dash onto Fernandinho's pass inside the full-back.

"For the first goal I perhaps should have covered the channel a bit more and not pushed up as much, because Sterling's so dangerous with space in front of him," said Coke. …

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