Title race will be close, says Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling

The big-money signing also says he is targeting creating and scoring as many goals as possible this season.

Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling has told the club's official website he believes that this year’s title race will be one of the closest yet.

The Premier League was something of a foregone conclusion last season, as Chelsea lead from the outset and were not challenged from then on, with them eventually winning the title comfortably.

City started this season with a fine win over West Brom, and face Chelsea in the league next, which should be a fine test of how the two sides will compete for 1st place this year, and Sterling predicts a really tough season.

“It’s going to be a really tough season,” he told MCFC.co.uk

“Everyone has strengthened their squads and the Premier League is always hard to second guess. Chelsea are very strong in every department from their defence and midfield to their attack, but it should be a good game and I’m really looking forward to playing in this match.”

Refusing to reveal personal goals 

The match against Jose Mourinho’s side will likely be Sterling’s home debut, with him sure to be keen to make a big impression in front of the Etihad crowd.

The pressure is firmly on the former Liverpool man; with his big money move from Anfield meaning people are now expecting him to be a star performer week in week out.

While the aim for his side is to retain the title from their rivals, Sterling says he has his own personal goals as well, although he won’t reveal them so as to avoid putting even more pressure on himself.

“I will aim to create and score as many goals as I can for the team and work really hard every week,” he added.

“I’ve set myself targets for goals and assists and I know where I want to be but I don’t really want to reveal what they are because I’ll put myself under massive pressure - but I’ve got personal goals that I want to reach this season for City and hopefully I can meet them.”

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