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Pep Guardiola Denies Rift With Raheem Sterling Ahead of Manchester City's Champions League Clash

By Amreen
Man City boss Pep Guardiola denied disagreement with Raheem Sterling
Man City boss Pep Guardiola denied disagreement with Raheem Sterling / Pool/Getty Images

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola dismissed all claims of a rift with Raheem Sterling ahead of their Champions League trip to Borussia Monchengladbach.

Sterling was left out of City's 3-0 win over Fulham over the weekend, with Guardiola confirming that the decision was a completely "unforced and tactical" one. Reports emerged that the pair had fallen out due to that, but Sterling was quick to get on social media and brush off any rumours.

The England international took to Twitter to dismiss suggestions of a fall-out with the Spaniard, tweeting that he is "looking forward to a big week with the team".

City travel to Budapest to play their "home leg" of their last-16 Champions League fixture at the Puskas Arena due to coronavirus restrictions, and Guardiola insisted that Sterling would be in contention for selection.

"He travels with the team, of course. All the squad travels tomorrow to do the best in the Champions League," the City manager confirmed. "Always Raheem and all the players react really well. I don't expect they are happy and the guys who don't play and are not selected, it's normal.

"It happened since football was created. Raheem has been so important and is so important, for the team and all of us. All the players respect my decisions. I never found one player who was happy when they don't play but they react really well and behave really well."

On Sterling's tweet: "He does not need to do it because nothing happened. He wasn't selected that's all."