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Guardiola lauds ‘aggressive” Sane; happy to finish first

Britain Soccer Champions League

Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola reacts during the Champions League Group F soccer match between Manchester City and Hoffenheim at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)


Leroy Sane was sensational for Manchester City as Pep Guardiola’s men came back to beat Hoffenheim 2-1 on Wednesday, but the manager was his usual nit-picky self when asked to describe the young German’s brace.

“Sane was aggressive,” Guardiola said. “The first goal was incredible but the second was lucky because the control was not quite good, but he finished.”

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Still, Guardiola was more than happy with the result, and with City progressing to the knockout rounds as a seeded team.

Especially because his men had to rebound from a difficult start, as Aymeric Laporte conceded a penalty and the physical Bundesliga guests went ahead 1-0.
“We started flat because Hoffenheim were so demanding about how they attacked the space and physically they were stronger. Then we started to play. But the result is good. We are first.”

Now City can focus on Saturday’s league visit from Everton and Tuesday’s trip to Leicester City for a League Cup quarterfinal.

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