Sterling: 'Tense' to must assist for title
Raheem Sterling admitted Manchester City were pissed off no longer to win the Premier League title wrapped up on the self-discipline on Saturday.
City overlooked their first more than a few to seal the crown as Chelsea got right here from at the abet of to take 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium.
Sterling had put the leaders now not off course for the victory that would possibly perchance perchance accept as true with secured a third title in four years however Sergio Aguero then fluffed a penalty sooner than half-time.
Chelsea hit abet after the damage with Hakim Ziyech levelling and Marcos Alonso grabbing a winner in hurt time.
England forward Sterling mentioned: "We were in a huge role. It was once a day to win it over the line and sadly we couldn't.
"We had probabilities to assemble the game off, we didn’t and purchased punished.
"It's traumatic one to seize however now we accept as true with got unruffled purchased three video games to trot and optimistically we’ll invent it appropriate kind within the subsequent couple of weeks."
Aguero's overlooked penalty was once the basic talking level after the game. The Argentinian tried to beat Edouard Mendy with a Panenka-vogue kick however the Chelsea keeper was once no longer fooled and stood as a lot as invent a pleased put with one hand.
Aguero, City’s tale goalscorer, later mentioned sorry on Twitter.
"I would opt to apologise to my teammates, workers and supporters for lacking the penalty," the striker wrote on Twitter. "It was once a substandard resolution and I seize elephantine responsibility."
The error proved a lifeline for Chelsea, who were principal stronger within the second length.
"If the penalty goes in within the first half the game is over and done with," Sterling mentioned. "It saved them within the game and they won it gradual on."
It was once no longer the staunch penalty drama, however, with Sterling believing he was once denied a self-discipline-kick rapidly sooner than Alonso’s winner after falling below a narrate from Kurt Zouma.
"For me I couldn’t win a shot off," Sterling mentioned. "I don’t know the map it's a long way now not a penalty or has no longer been reviewed smartly."
The sides will meet again within the Champions League final in three weeks’ time however, after supervisor Pep Guardiola made 9 adjustments, City accept as true with given little of their hand away.
Sterling mentioned: "The final within the Champions League would possibly be an fully varied game and I’m obvious we’ll win over the line in that one."
Chelsea accept as true with varied matters to believe sooner than that final. The take lifted them to third and reinforced their grip on a qualification yell for next season’s Champions League however that job is never any longer yet done. To boot they accept as true with the FA Cup final next weekend.
Alonso mentioned: "I inform first now we accept as true with got to stable the cease-four role. This was once a mountainous step however there are unruffled three video games to trot and now we accept as true with got to retain pondering game by game, and test out to work onerous to retain getting the results."
Alonso netted the winner as he appropriate purchased sooner than Callum Hudson-Odoi to flip in a Timo Werner sinful.
He mentioned: "I inform he kicked my foot however at the cease of the day it’s the aim that counts, whoever rankings it, and the three aspects for us. That’s the ideal part. We’ve purchased to retain going and it was once well-known to take."