Sterling uses Real, Liverpool to prove England point

Date published: Wednesday 6th June 2018 9:17

Raheem Sterling believes England must learn from how Real Madrid controlled the Champions League final.

Real lifted their third consecutive European Cup last month by beating Liverpool 3-1.

The Spaniards took the lead before Liverpool pegged them back to 1-1.

Two goals from Gareth Bale in the second half handed Real an advantage they never truly looked like conceding, however.

Sterling feels that England “need to control games” in a similar manner.

“We need to control games and be a bit more arrogant with the ball,” he said. “I’m sorry to say it, but we have to be more arrogant and more streetwise because we are coming up against some great teams who have that streetwise mentality. They bring their play into it: you do what you have to do to win a game. Simple as that. Be streetwise and clever.

“Watch the Champions League final and when Liverpool go 3-1 down, the way Madrid control the game. They have that winning mentality in big games, not doing anything silly. No panic. They see the game out and once we get that, we’ll be a really good team.

“The one thing I don’t like hearing is someone saying, ‘We’ll see what happens.’ Forget all of that. I’m not coming here to spend five or six weeks of my life to say, ‘Let’s see what happens and, hopefully, last 16.’

“A quarter-final won’t be good enough at all because we want to win it. Every player wants to win the World Cup, every country wants to win the World Cup, so anything less than that is not really a bonus. Of course you can take positives out of everything, but you won’t be entirely happy if you don’t win it.”

 

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