Raheem Sterling, a winger for Chelsea, scored twice in Friday’s 3-0 Premier League win over Luton Town and made a subtle dig at the club’s former manager, Graham Potter.
Last year, Sterling expressed some dissatisfaction with his playing time since he was buried in Chelsea’s depth chart under Potter’s leadership.
Potter, who was in charge of the Blues for a catastrophic few months, may have contributed to this by playing Sterling out of position and in deeper roles.
But under new manager Mauricio Pochettino, Sterling appears to have been resurrected. He was quick to credit Pochettino, a former head coach at Paris Saint-Germain, for helping him rediscover his form and emphasize the significance of playing the right way.
After the game, Sterling told Sky Sports, “I am just happy to contribute with that; I was happy, obviously I think we started half decent against Liverpool and then with the loss last week [against West Ham], we needed to get a win here.”
“It was a little bit of frustration from last season on my end, as I often found myself approaching the goal with my back to it.” Somewhat far back, and I wasn’t giving myself enough opportunities to get inside the box.
When asked about his role, Pochettino said, “I had a conversation with the gaffer [Pochettino] earlier last week and we’ve gone through the role and I know exactly what he needs from me and it is as simple as that, I need to get on the back foot and do what I do and drive at players and get on it and that is when I am most effective.”