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Sterling enjoying City freedom

The Manchester City winger became increasingly a bit-part player during the second half of last season but has been rejuvenated since Guardiola arrived at the club in the summer.

Sterling has scored five goals in 15 appearances this term and sees the former Barcelona manager's approach to football as much more akin to his own than predecessor Pellegrini's.

The 21-year-old told the BBC: "I feel a lot more freedom, I feel I can get on the ball a bit more and as I get the ball I feel I can express myself by taking touches and trying to take players on. I'm really enjoying it.

"Under the previous coach, in training sometimes it was always two touches and you kind of get into that way of playing and you forget your identity and how to play.

"That's not my style of play. My style of play is to get the ball and try to go at players. Now I'm learning to mix it up as well and not just every single time go down a blind alley; know when to take two touches and when to take my man on."

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