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

Lynette Rowe
September 19, 2018

Sterling's fellow winger Leroy Sane returns to club action after a hectic worldwide break with Germany.

There are also signs that Silva, who had been outstanding in the Community Shield against Chelsea and Premier League opener at Arsenal, is benefiting from a year's adjustment to English football. Manchester City has been able to break several records ever since being bought by the Arab owners.

Pep Guardiola has backed Leroy Sane following criticism about his body language, despite dropping him for Manchester City's last game. He came from France to England, and even for me, I needed a period to know, to understand a little bit, and everything about the way we wanted to play and in the way that we are aggressive without the ball, sometimes we need more time.

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.

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.

"They showed great possession of the ball and great attacking weapons".

Fulham had, in contrast to many visitors to the Etihad, arrived with a clear intention to take the game to City but after that early setback the task was beyond Slavisa Jokanovic's side.

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Granit Xhaka got them up and running before Mesut Ozil joined in on the act, despite the last-gasp effort from Ciaran Clark at the other end proving to be of no barrier. Andre Schurrle did threaten from distance but City goalkeeper Ederson tipped over.

"Lose the dribbling, it doesn't matter, but control the ball and pass the ball simple... miss that, there was lots of that".

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Bernardo Silva had a goalbound shot deflected behind soon after, while substitute Gabriel Jesus saw a near-post effort well saved by Bettinelli as City threatened a rout.

After the third goal it became a back-to-back affair with City failed to add more despite creating several scoring chances.

The buildup to the goal was a beauty mixed with a string of passes.

City begin their Champions League campaign against Olympique Lyon at the Etihad on Wednesday.

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