Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola defends Leroy Sane over body language criticism

Paola Ditto
Settembre 16, 2018

Bernardo Silva set up his namesake for City's second as his cross deflected into the path of David Silva, who finished with typical coolness to double the lead after 21 minutes.

The champions keep pace now with the pace-setters in Chelsea and Liverpool, with David Silva and Raheem Sterling contributing to the victory.

Pep Guardiola made four changes to his side, including a first Premier League start of the season for Sane, and the out-of-favour Germany worldwide took just 97 seconds to make his impact.

The win takes them in the top-half and puts their objective for a European spot at the least on track thanks to Wilfred Zaha's first half effort.

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.

"They had called me since December asking me to play for them, I asked myself which team loved me and I came up with the conclusion that Manchester City loved me so I should go there". Pep Guardiola had said his team would get fully up to speed after the global break and so they are.

Schurrle kept Ederson busy with another sharp strike from the edge of the area which needed to be tipped over, but City were back up the other end in a heartbeat and Sane nearly doubled his personal tally moments later when his shot was denied by Bettinelli.

Saturday's meeting with City sees them match up against the side that sits second in the Premier League with 2,726 completed passes through four matches, 497 more than Fulham.

"At the end, the result is completely fair".

In January, Manchester City's 473.4m revenues for the previous season meant the club consolidated its fifth spot in Deloitte Football Money League.

Bernardo was thwarted when trying to cap his man-of-the-match display with a goal when he saw his effort blocked moments later, and it quickly became clear that Fulham had made no changes to their approach during the interval. Bernardo Silva, Gabriel Jesus, Raz [Raheem Sterling] - the other ones are young - and he will grow up.

'It's nice to get going again after the World Cup - we only got 12 days off, ' the England worldwide said.

Fernandinho and Sterling also came close from long-range shots while the entire second half passed without Ederson being troubled in the home goal until injury-time when he dived to deny Aleksandar Mitrovic's shot.

City return to Premier League duty next Saturday when they make the trip to fellow top-flight new-boys Cardiff.

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