“He can’t accept it” £50m Chelsea man will surely be upset by what happened on Wednesday – Our View
Raheem Sterling’s transfer to Chelsea from Manchester City in July 2022 has been plagued by difficulties throughout the season.
The English forward has struggled to find his form, scoring only six goals in 26 Premier League appearances for the Blues. It has been a chaotic campaign for Sterling, as he has worked under three different managers: Thomas Tuchel, Graham Potter, and Frank Lampard.
Recent events, particularly Wednesday’s Champions League match, may have made Sterling regret his move to Stamford Bridge. As he watched from his sofa, his former team, Manchester City, secured a place in the Champions League final with a resounding 4-0 victory over Real Madrid.
Manchester City will now face Inter Milan in the final, a team considered weaker compared to Real Madrid. This presents a fantastic opportunity for Pep Guardiola to guide his side to their first-ever Champions League title. Sterling, who has never won the prestigious competition, may be experiencing a strong fear of missing out (FOMO) as he witnesses his former teammates conquer their opponents.
In addition, Sterling may have to watch Manchester City secure the Premier League title in front of him on Sunday, as Guardiola’s side is well-positioned to achieve a historic treble with an FA Cup final also on the horizon.
Furthermore, Chelsea’s poor performance this season means they will not be participating in any European competitions next season. They can only finish as high as tenth in the Premier League, leaving Sterling without any European action in the near future. Considering Sterling is currently 28 years old, he may have to wait until his thirties to experience the Champions League again, let alone reach the final of Europe’s most prestigious club tournament.
However, there is hope for Sterling at Chelsea. The imminent arrival of Mauricio Pochettino as the coach brings optimism. Pochettino, who led Tottenham to the Champions League final against all odds in 2019, is known for getting the best out of forwards like Sterling’s counterpart, Heung-min Son. Despite his struggles this season, it is expected that Sterling, who was acquired for £50 million, will significantly improve under Pochettino’s guidance next season.
Hopefully, Sterling and the entire Chelsea team can leave this dreadful campaign behind them and strive for excellence in English football next season.