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Sane Was Unplayable Vs Bournemouh – Pep Guardiola

PepPep Guardiola joked that his “ridiculous” half-time speech had nothing to with Manchester City’s second-half improvement in their 3-1 victory over Bournemouth,

The City manager admitted his side had found it tough against the Cherries with the sides level at half-time but credited with young wingers Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane with turning the game in their favour.

“The last 20 minutes [of the first half] we were flat, we had no rhythm that we need but that is normal, it is so tough,” he told a news conference.

“We spoke about it at half-time but my speech was ridiculous because it didn’t work because the first five or 10 minutes was quite similar to the first half.

“But Raheem started a slalom and that action changed the game. Leroy, I don’t know what he ate — maybe it will be on the menu for the next games for everybody — and changed the direction [of the game].”

Guardiola has now challenged Sane to perform in the same manner every week after his influential second-half performance, which culminated in setting up Ilkay Gundogan for the third goal.

“When he is going to complain in the future to his manager that he doesn’t play, I will send this video because if he plays this way, he is going to play,” the City boss added.

“He has to challenge Riyad [Mahrez] and Raheem and Kevin De Bruyne, who is coming back. I ask all of them the best [performance] of them so if you want to be competitive in all competitions, there is no other option.

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“He was incredible, offensively, defensively, creating chances, positive in the mind, reactions were good. We never doubted Leroy but he is young, and he is a little up and down. Maybe in the future, he will be more consistent like Fernandinho, David Silva and Bernardo Silva — every game eight or nine [out of 10].”

The win saw City move five points clear at the top of the Premier League and put the pressure on their top-six rivals, who are all involved in derbies on Sunday.

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