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Raheem Sterling on the double as Chelsea cruise to a comfortable victory over Luton

Updated: Aug 27, 2023

Displaying his prowess, the 28-year-old netted a brace and contributed an assist to Nicolas Jackson's tally on Friday evening.

Forward Raheem Sterling has honed his focus on scoring goals, which was evident in his outstanding performance that propelled Chelsea to a convincing 3-0 victory over Luton as the Blues clinched their inaugural Premier League triumph under the helm of Mauricio Pochettino.

The 28-year-old dynamo exhibited his prowess by netting two goals and setting up striker Nicolas Jackson on Friday night.

Sterling, who has commenced the 2023-24 Premier League season with remarkable vigour, revealed how he has set his sights on becoming the club's leading scorer this campaign. "Being Chelsea's top scorer this season is a target I was determined to set for myself—it's a challenge within my reach," he conveyed to Sky Sports in a post-match interview.

In the 17th minute, Sterling took possession on the right flank, dribbling past three defenders before clinically placing the ball into the bottom corner, inaugurating Chelsea's scoreboard.

Continuing his electrifying display, the England winger struck again in the 67th minute. Positioned near the goalmouth, he effortlessly converted a pinpoint cross from fullback Malo Gusto, further enhancing Chelsea's lead.

Sterling's impact didn't halt there, as he played a pivotal role in Chelsea's third goal. Delivering a precise low cross into the area, he enabled Jackson to notch his first goal for the club.

Although Luton, freshly promoted from the Championship and in pursuit of their first points this season, posed challenges throughout the game, Chelsea's unwavering quality shone through, ultimately securing a triumphant three points.

Sterling's dedication and brilliance illuminated the field, exemplifying his commitment to Chelsea's success.

Sterling was 'just happy to contribute with that.'

Man-of-the-match Raheem Sterling told Sky Sports after the win: "I was happy, obviously I think we started half decent against Liverpool and then with the loss last week we needed to get a win here, I'm just happy to contribute with that.

"It was a bit of frustration from last season from myself personally because I felt like I was always coming with my back to goal. A bit deep and I wasn't giving myself enough chances to get into the box.

"I had a conversation with the gaffer earlier last week and we've gone through the role and I know exactly what he needs from me and it's 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's when I'm most effective.

"I came in a difficult period, that's all finished. I think the most important thing, I've had a look at myself and I'm a person who always tries to analyse what I've been doing, what I've done wrong, what I can change. It's as simple as that, I want to get back to being obsessed with football. Just football 24/7 and nothing else and focus on top performances and goals and assists."

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