Chelsea supporters have expressed a newfound respect for Pep Guardiola following Raheem Sterling’s horror show during their Premier League clash against Arsenal
The Stamford Bridge faithful have not seen the best of the England winger since his summer move to Stamford Bridge from the Etihad, with his early efforts at the Emirates on Tuesday notably under par.
Chelsea fans flocked to social media to give their thoughts on the 28-year-old and his early display which included several losses of possession and a comical dive.
One comment read: “The biggest compliment I can pay Pep Guardiola is that he made Raheem Sterling look quite good. A truly dreadful player.”
A second said: “The only reason Sterling has had a successful career is because of Pep Guardiola and I’ll die on this hill.”
A third posted: “Sterling is so unbelievably poor you have to also ask what Lampard is thinking, playing him over and over.”
A fourth agreed: “Honestly I respect Guardiola…how was he able to use Sterling.”
Another comment said: “Guardiola’s biggest achievement as a manager is making Sterling look world class.”
Sterling won four Premier League titles under Guardiola at City and three times scored 17 goals or more in a single domestic campaign.
Sterling’s struggles this week were not the only heartaches for interim boss Frank Lampard, with his side slipping 3-0 down in the opening 45 minutes.
With Martin Odegaard scoring twice, Gabriel Jesus also scored following a defensive mix-up with Chelsea nine points above the relegation zone with five games to play.