10 The Daily Telegraph Monday 13 July 2020 *** Total Football Robertson turns air blue Ban confirmed Ban overturned Ban reduced to one season Guardiola proud of Sterling’s lead in the fight against racism By Luke Edwards impressed Guardiola. “People forget that behind the shirts we are human beings,” he said after this thrashing of Brighton. “I have said many times to my players, I know you have been told for a long time that you are special, but you are not. You can play football, but you are not an architect, politician or a doctor. They are not. That doesn’t make us special. But we are humans, like the doctors, architects, politicians. They have feelings and they defend humanitarian issues in the best possible way. And I like it. “Because when you have a commitment as a society to do a better society for yourself and at the Amex Stadium Brighton 0-5 Manchester City Sterling 21, 53, 81, Jesus 44, B Silva 56 27 It is not Raheem Sterling’s ability as a footballer that makes him special, according to manager Pep Guardiola, it is his determination to make the world a better place. Asked how he felt watching Sterling’s growth as a player and his impressive maturity as a man, Guardiola smiled like a parent rather than a manager. No player has improved more at City under Guardiola’s gaze. His hat-trick against Brighton on Saturday means he has scored 31 goals for club and country this season. A stunning return for a wide forward. But it has been Sterling’s willingness to address other issues, making him a powerful voice in the fight against racism, that has really 65 kids, this commitment helps to be better people. I feel Raheem and many of our players and people around the world are doing better work. I am proud of him and he knows the club support him [in fighting racism].” Guardiola, of course, is an architect. He builds brilliant
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