“The best feeling in the world, then the worst” – Raheem Sterling on VAR drama vs Spurs

Raheem Sterling has openly discussed his last-minute ‘winner’ against Tottenham in last season’s Champions League Quarter-Final second-leg, in an exclusive interview with FourFourTwo magazine.

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It was one of the most remarkable moments of last season’s campaign, albeit for all the wrong reasons for Manchester City, as Raheem Sterling scored a last-minute goal to send Pep Guardiola’s side through to the Semi-Finals of the Champions League… or that’s what everybody believed.

The VAR intervention set a precedent for what English football should expect from the system in the coming months. Looking back on that fateful night, Raheem Sterling looks back on the moment before VAR with great fondness.


Sterling said: “It was an amazing feeling when I scored against Spurs. There’s no feeling that can beat that, for me – scoring a late winner at home in the Champions League, to go through to the semi-finals.”

Then you see VAR going up on the board and you say, ‘Yeah, they’re not going to rule it out – we’re onside’. Then it’s disallowed and you’re out. You’ve had the best feeling in the world, then the worst feeling in the world.”


Despite last season’s heartbreak in the competition, Sterling firmly believes Manchester City will be crowned European champions in the near future, even if that’s not during his time at the Etihad Stadium.

Sterling said: “I have no doubt we will eventually win the Champions League, even if that’s not in my time here. But I have belief that it will be in my time – that we will win the Champions League. If we do, it would be the pinnacle of my career so far, most definitely.”

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