Champions League Pep Guardiola Makes Shocking Statement on Manchester City's Performance

Champions League Pep Guardiola Makes Shocking Statement on Manchester City's Performance

Sane, who was voted the Premier League's best young player by his fellow professionals last season, only amassed 29 minutes of action in City's first three games of this campaign. A shock omission from Germany's 2018 FIFA World Cup squad, the 22-year-old was recalled for worldwide duty despite failing to make City's starting XI in four Premier League games.

There could have been many more goals but while they opened up Fulham with some ease, City were unable to fully punish the London side.

Leroy Sane set Man City on the path of victory after netting the opener in just 97 seconds, on his return to the side during their Premier League tie against Fulham on Saturday, September 15.

"He will be so important for the club".

Sane faces more competition for a starting place following the arrival of club-record signing Riyad Mahrez in the summer, but Guardiola believes he will thrive on the rivalry in the squad. At times last season, Bernardo appeared to be on the fringes of Pep Guardiola's revolution, but in his second season since his move from AS Monaco his class is abundantly evident and the coach said he was delighted.

The visitors' refused to abandon their attacking philosophy despite the obvious perils, and they also played their part in an entertaining contest with Andre Schurrle their most risky player and firing an effort over the crossbar before City's second.

"It's a challenge for him - not just for him, for everybody".

"I hope he likes sports, and if he gets into football, we'll help him". Sometimes, for some players, it's that way [a slow start].

"It's not about "I don't like you anymore" or "I prefer this one or the other one" - it's not. But we'll see how things go in two years and take it all from there". "They will have a good season and I want to give Fulham a lot of credit".

- Leroy Sane has had a hand in 18 goals in his last 16 Premier League games at the Etihad Stadium (6 goals, 12 assists).

Guardiola denied saying De Bruyne has a release clause but said the club would not sell him - even for a fee that eclipsed Neymar's world record £198m switch from Barcelona to Paris St Germain.

'It was frustrating to not put more chances into the back of the net - we need to be more ruthless. "I don't think he has a release clause in his contract".