Leroy Sane scored again just seconds before the end of the first half at Etihad Stadium to give Manchester City the lead against Crystal Palace, 45 minutes that left Pep Guardiola very unsatisfied.
If you analyse the first 30 minutes of today we were not ready. Maybe it’s normal, for 90 minutes you cannot always be there. Everything was slow, the ball boys were slow, everybody was slow. We have to create the game. That team has to create and most of the first half we didn’t. The second half immediately the team was ready
the Catalan manager told Sky Sport after the game, which City ended up winning 5-0, with Sane providing the assists for two of their four goals in the second half.
The Germany international started just for the second time this season, and Guardiola explained why he hasn’t played more so far.
He didn’t arrive good. He didn’t make a good preseason, he wasn’t good in the first games of preseason. He didn’t deserve to play
the City manager said, sounding rather harsh, but explaining that with the competition in the team so intense, only those who can really make a difference can get game time.
Now I have five strikers and all of them deserve to play. Gabriel is an amazing player, Bernardo Silva – every time he plays he creates for himself a lot things. Raheem, Leroy, Sergio all of them are going to play, but I need them sharp