Pep Plays Down Sane Absence

Pep Plays Down Sane Absence

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola stressed he did not have a problem with Leroy Sane’s attitude after leaving him out of the squad.

Sane sat things out against Newcastle as Kyle Walker struck a 52nd-minute winner in the Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium after Raheem Sterling’s early opener had been cancelled out by DeAndre Yedlin.

When asked afterwards what his thinking had been regarding Sane, Guardiola said: “Last game Phil Foden was not in the squad and I was so sad for Phil, like I’m so sad for Leroy now.

“But we have a squad. We have six strikers and I decided to play with two strikers. We have two wingers plus another one on the bench, and that’s why we decided this game he would not be there. Try to work hard again and in the next games he will be ready to play.”

Guardiola was then asked if he was completely happy with Sane’s attitude, on and off the pitch, and the manager replied: “Yes.”

Last weekend Sane came off the bench in the 77th minute of the 1-1 draw at Wolves. He had also appeared as a substitute in City’s two other league games this term, the 2-0 win at Arsenal and 6-1 victory over Huddersfield.

Regarding the 22-year-old’s performance at Molineux, Guardiola said: “He played 10, 12 minutes, he tried. He was not precise but he tried.

“They know me – they convince me, I am satisfied, the moment they run and they do everything. The mistakes without the ball, taking decisions, it’s part of the process.”

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