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

Manchester City

Manchester City

"It was also a good game today and we won, we played a good game".

City were able to drop down a gear without surrendering any of their control over the game, and they continued to create chances too with Sterling and Jesus both failing to hit the target.

It took the champions less than two minutes to break the deadlock through the recalled Leroy Sane, and David Silva added a landmark second midway through a one-sided first half.

Leroy Sane marked a week to remember with a goal in Manchester City's 3-0 victory over Fulham, days after becoming a father for the first time.

And, while Guardiola will have little interest in Southgate's problems, his ability to rotate his squad with such high-quality replacements augurs well, with City about to embark on Champions League and League Cup campaigns in addition to their league commitments.

City also on Thursday posted record revenues of £500.5m, up from last year's £473.4m. He has to realise for himself like a professional he has to do.

"I give a lot of credit to Fulham, Fulham ask a lot from us, from them because they want to play", he said.

Manchester City are determined to retain the coveted English Premier League trophy this season.

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Bernardo Silva staked his claim for a place even more emphatically, earning the man-of-the-match award after pulling the strings with aplomb on Saturday.

Sane, 22, has not started a game for City this season and has played just 75 minutes in their opening fixtures. We'll see how he recovers tomorrow'.

The Englishman was crucial to City last season, scoring an impressive 18 goals in 33 appearances as the Citizens romped to the Premier League title with a record-breaking 100 points.

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

And it's fair to say that the result is emphatic in favour of the great Barcelona side of 2011.

'He finished the first half and in the second he felt a bit uncomfortable but after 3-0 there was no need to risk it. Pep Guardiola had said his team would get fully up to speed after the worldwide break and so they are.

But Fulham bowed to the inevitable in the 21st minute after more outstanding play from Bernardo who held off Stefan Johansen's strong challenge and pulled the ball back for Sergio Aguero whose effort was blocked by Odoi.

"We didn't find our best level or our flawless level, and without this level at this place it is not easy to play football".

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