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Sané strikes early as dominant Man City brush Fulham aside

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Cary Erickson | 16 September, 2018, 20:01

Guardiola called for Sane - who has played just 30 minutes in the league this season - to bounce back, but said it was too early to judge the former Schalke attacker.

Leroy Sane, handed his first Manchester City start of the season, underlined the strength in depth Pep Guardiola has at his disposal during the Premier League champions' comfortable 3-0 win over Fulham at the Etihad on Saturday (Sep 15).

"He will be so important for the club".

Despite going gown early, Fulham refuse to be intimidated by City's attacking threat and on the 20th minute, they nearly benefitted from Schurrle's run but after doing well to find Vietto, he took too long to makes a decision, allowing City defenders to fall back in shape. There's a lot of nice strikers and midfield players and the season will be judged in 11 months, not just in three weeks or one month. We try to do that in every game'.

'Unfortunately, we didn't do a surprise today and if I analyse the game, Ryan played a good game and I believe it is good for him and for his development and for his experience'.

"For some players it's like this", he said.

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The Spanish midfielder admits that he has one club that he still wants to play for before he hangs up his boots and he could well head there when his final City contract comes to an end. At just 23-years-old he already has bags of top-level experience to his name and the potential to become one of the most risky players in world football. Bernardo [Silva], Gabriel [Jesus], Raheem [Sterling], Leroy, Brahim [Diaz] - the average is 21-22. He will grow up.

The visitors' refused to abandon their attacking philosophy despite the obvious perils, and they also played their part in an entertaining contest with Andre Schurrle their most risky player and firing an effort over the crossbar before City's second.

"He has to respond in the right way". They were fast, strong and played a good football game. It's the only way to maintain the level we achieved last season.

"It's not about "I don't like you anymore" or "I prefer this one or the other one" - it's not. Last season, I said if I stay here, this guy will stay here because he is special". That is not the case.

"Everybody is here because after three seasons I want to work with them and I think they want to work with us".