Pep: No prob­lems with Sane at­ti­tude

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PEP Guardi­ola in­sisted he was happy with Leroy Sane’s at­ti­tude af­ter drop­ping him for the win over New­cas­tle.

De­spite not go­ing to the World Cup, the Ger­man for­ward was left on the bench for the open­ing three Premier League games and did not even make the 18 for their fourth with re­ports that the man­ager was con­cerned about the player’s fo­cus and ef­fort in train­ing.

Guardi­ola said he was happy with the 22-yearold but that he de­cided on other op­tions – in­clud­ing teenager Phil Fo­den – to face Rafa Ben­itez’s side.

“Last game Phil Fo­den was not in the squad. I was so sad with Phil as I am with Leroy now.

“We have six strik­ers and I de­cided to play with two strik­ers, we have two wingers plus an­other one on the bench and that’s why we de­cided this game he wouldn’t be there.

“In the next games he will be ready to play.

“He played 10 min­utes [against Wolves], he tried. He was not pre­cise but he tried. They con­vince me, I am sat­is­fied from the mo­ment they run. Mis­takes with­out the ball, tak­ing de­ci­sions is part of the process.”

Guardi­ola was not pleased with his team’s defending for the New­cas­tle goal, but marked it as a slip in a per­for­mance that he was oth­er­wise im­pressed with for re­strict­ing the vis­i­tors to few chances.

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