Gary Lineker has revealed Raheem Sterling contacted BT Sport asking for video footage of Manchester City’s Champions League exit against Tottenham Hotspur last season in order to analyse his performance.
Pep Guardiola’s side secured their place in the last eight of this year’s competition after a 2-1 victory over Real Madrid, ensuring a 4-2 win on aggregate.
Sterling opened the scoring for City with Gabriel Jesus scoring the winning goal in the second half after Karim Benzema had levelled before the break.
That sets up a quarter-final tie with Lyon, who beat Juventus on away goals to progress in Friday night’s other game.
Guardiola is yet to progress past the last-eight stage with City in Europe after being knocked out by Tottenham last season and Liverpool the previous year.
However, after seeing off the Spanish giants, Lineker explained how Sterling had contacted BT Sport for footage of the match to not only analyse his performance but relive the pain of being knocked out of Europe’s elite competition.
“I’m not sure if I’m supposed to share this, or if it’s meant to be a secret,” Lineker said on air after full-time. “But he (Sterling) actually got in touch with BT Sport to ask for the video of last season’s game against Tottenham Hotspur that they lost, not just to see his performance, but he wanted to get that feeling back of losing and what it meant.
“It just shows you how much thought goes into his game.”
City were knocked out in dramatic circumstances against Spurs last year, with Sterling scoring what he believed to be an injury-time winner only for the goal to be ruled out for offside.