‘Every day’: 27-year-old Chelsea man admits he meditates daily to help him prepare for matches

Chelsea’s Raheem Sterling has admitted in an interview with the Daily Mail that he meditates every day in order to prepare for matches.

The England international is one of the footballers who has had the most outside noise regarding his game in recent memory.

A high-profile move from Liverpool to Manchester City certainly attracted attention, while his importance to the England national team has left him an unfortunately easy target for criticism.

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However, his performances in the last European Championships began to win people over.

He scored every goal in the group stage of the competition, before opening the scoring in the memorable Round of 16 victory over Germany.

Sterling has now claimed that he uses meditation to focus on getting into the right space before a game.

He said: “It’s something I do every day, I focus on my breathing and concentrate on getting to a space where it’s quiet. The more I don’t think about the game and go about my everyday life, the better.

Sterling meditates before games

“If I score, I’ll try to wear the same trainers with my tracksuit to the next game. If I don’t score it’s going back in the closet!”

The 27-year-old has had a difficult start to his time as a Chelsea player, going through somewhat of a goal drought since Graham Potter joined the club.

He has just two goals, both in the Champions League, since the former Brighton man came in.

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A lot of his appearances have seen him pushed back to a makeshift wing-back role in the absence of the likes of Reece James.

It’s fair to say this hasn’t always worked well, and his best position has still very much looked as part of the frontline.

With him certain to be an important member of Gareth Southgate’s side, Chelsea fans will be hoping a strong tournament will help him regain his form for the second half of the season.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.