Raheem Sterling revealed that Man City have all but given up on regaining their Premier League title after Pep Guardiola’s side booked their place in the Carabao Cup semi-finals with a 3-1 victory over Oxford United on Wednesday night.
The England international scored twice in the second-half as the holders once again reached the latter stages of the tournament, the 25-year-old’s double securing victory after Joao Cancelo’s opener was cancelled out by Oxford’s Matt Taylor early in the second period.
The Premier League champions opted to field several youngsters and were pushed hard by the League One outfit, Sterling expressing his delight after playing a key role in his side’s progression to a semi-final meeting with city rivals Manchester United.
“They were still in the game. They equalised and made it difficult. Goals are goals, I’m in the team to do a job. I will always try and put them [goals] in,” Sterling told Sky Sports.
Sterling’s was utilised as a central forward for the tie and his goals continued the 25-year-old’s fine form in front of goal so far this season, the winger having now netted 18 goals in all competitions.
Despite his impressive record, Sterling admits it means nothing without silverware as the club continue to fight on four fronts, though he admits retaining their Premier League title is beginning to look ‘out of reach’ after falling 14 points adrift of league leaders Liverpool.
“It would not mean anything without silverware and then I’ll be happy with my goal tally after that,” he added.
”Every competition we’re trying to compete in. It’s not just the Premier League, which I know that looks out of reach but we’re looking to get to finals in this, the FA Cup and even the Champions League.”