Raheem Sterling has admitted Chelsea’s slump this season has been one of the low points in his career but he believes the struggles could boost the Premier League side in the long term.

Chelsea’s 3-1 defeat by Arsenal on Tuesday left them 12th in the standings, and they faltered in their worst season since the 1993-94 campaign despite massive spending on players, including Sterling’s 47.5 million pound ($60 million) move from Manchester City.

The England international has failed to replicate the performances that made him an integral part of the side with which he won 10 major honours, scoring just seven goals in 34 appearances for Chelsea.

“Personally, this is one of the lowest points in my career. This may sound a little strange, but it’s also a great learning curve.

“It’s been very smooth sailing, winning and winning but sometimes things in life get thrown at you and this is a challenge I look forward to, beat it head on and not try to hide from it.

“It will make me stronger and the group stronger too. These challenges, not only in football but in life as well, they are important for how we approach things and how we start after that.”

Chelsea travel to Bournemouth later on Saturday.


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