Chelsea summer signing Raheem Sterling is targeting Champions League glory with the Blues and says it was a ‘massive surprise’ to lose his starting XI at Manchester City last season.
The Blues became champions of Europe for the second time in the club’s history in 2020-21 under current head-coach Thomas Tuchel, a trophy Sterling has never won, with Pep Guardiola unable to guide the Citizens to glory in the competition thus far.
West London giant beat the Citizens in that final – nine years on after they won it the first time in 2011-12 – with England international forward on the losing side, a feeling he has not been used to since he made a move to the Etihad Stadium back in 2015 from Liverpool.
The 27-year-old forward was a vital player at City as they dominated English football, helping them to claim the four Premier League trophies, five League Cups and the FA Cup.
However, the England international was reduced to the bench for large parts of last campaign, and decided to join the Blues this summer in a £47.5m deal.
‘It was a big surprise [losing his starting role],’ Sterling said. ‘A massive surprise. A change of events all of a sudden.
‘It’s something I had to handle, and that’s why I’m here. The manager, myself, and the people at the club know exactly what the reasons were.
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‘I tried to play my football and overcome the situation, but it couldn’t be done. So I had to move on.
‘I haven’t played Champions League football with Chelsea yet. They have obviously won it. I haven’t. They have got bragging rights.
‘But again, I am here to try to win it. I don’t know if I am better off here or there [at Man City] – it is not really my forte.
‘I will just go out and try to help the team as I do every season.’