Raheem Sterling won’t watch Man Utd after Chelsea’s defeat.
Raheem Sterling does not intend to watch Manchester United’s game against Aston Villa following Manchester City’s failure to secure the Premier League title on the pitch.
Defeat for the Red Devils on Sunday would validate City as champions for the third time in four seasons, but they could have achieved this fate themselves against Chelsea on Saturday.
Sterling netted the opener after 44 minutes and the leaders should have added to their lead moments later when Sergio Aguero’s Panenka penalty was saved.
Chelsea recovered after the break and hit back through Hakim Ziyech and Marcos Alonso to win 2-1 and turn the attention on Villa Park, although City still has three league games remaining.
“I don’t think I’ll personally want to watch that game,” Sterling told Sky Sports.
“I’ll have some family time and look at the results and check up on the latest scoreline. To watch the game is a difficult one, so I’ll try to chill.”
Alonso scored the latest winner from a visiting team at the Etihad Stadium since Paul Scholes’ derby day header for United in April 2010.
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It was the second back-to-back home league game City have lost in the 90th minute or later after Stuart Dallas scored for Leeds United last month.
“It’s a difficult one to take, especially when we had chances to finish the game off and we didn’t finish it off,” Sterling added. “We got punished, simple as that.”
Man City had 16 shots, deserving a combined 1.8 expected goals, but only four hit the target.
“It was good to get on the scoresheet,” said the side’s stand-in captain, scoring for the first time for his club since February.
“I thought it was going to be the day we got over the line. We didn’t finish our chances, and against a team like Chelsea, with the players they have, they’ll punish you.”
Sterling was further disappointed by a second City penalty appeal that was aborted shortly before Alonso’s scuffed strike.
“For me, I couldn’t get a shot off because he’s put his knee in the back of my hamstring,” Sterling said.
“I don’t know how it’s not a penalty, I don’t know how it’s not been reviewed properly. The ref said it’s been reviewed but, at the end of the day, personally, I knew it was a penalty.
“I thought the VAR was here to help, but it wasn’t meant to be.
“He said to me it’s been checked and it’s been cleared and it’s not a penalty. For me, it was a sure penalty.”
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Raheem Sterling won’t watch Man Utd after Chelsea’s defeat