Sane keeps up pro­lific form in lat­est City win

The Star (Jamaica) - - SPORTS -

Snubbed by Ger­many for the World Cup, Leroy Sane then had to deal with be­ing dropped en­tirely from Manch­ester City’s squad early in the Pre­mier League sea­son.

How quickly things have turned round for the fly­ing winger: Back in favour for club and coun­try, he can­not stop scor­ing.

Sane chested in City’s open­ing goal in a 2-1 win over Wat­ford yes­ter­day, a sev­enth straight vic­tory in the Pre­mier League that left the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons five points clear. They are un­beaten af­ter 15 games of the 38-match cam­paign.

Since re­turn­ing from the in­ter­na­tional break where he scored in back-to-back games for Ger­many, Sane has net­ted three goals in three league games for City. He has seven goals in his last 10 games com­bined for Ger­many and City.

HEAVY RO­TAT­ING

In a pe­riod when City man­ager Pep Guardi­ola is heav­ily ro­tat­ing his squad, Sane re­mains a con­stant in the start­ing line-up — but it’s not just down to his su­perb form.

With left back Ben­jamin Mendy likely out for an­other two months be­cause of a knee in­jury, Sane is the only other player to give City gen­uine width on that flank.

Riyad Mahrez swung in the cross for Sane’s 40th-minute goal, in which he im­pro­vised by us­ing his chest to di­rect the ball be­tween the legs of Wat­ford goal­keeper Ben Foster. Then Mahrez, start­ing ahead of Ra­heem Ster­ling on the right wing, dou­bled the lead af­ter con­vert­ing a cross from Gabriel Je­sus.

City weath­ered a late fight­back from Wat­ford, which re­duced the deficit in the 85th through Ab­doulaye Doucoure’s scram­bled ef­fort, and then pumped many balls into the box in an at­tempt to force an equaliser.

City held out for a win that heaps the pres­sure on sec­ond­place Liver­pool, which trav­els to Burn­ley on Wed­nes­day look­ing to trim the gap to the lead­ers back to two points.

Also yes­ter­day, West Ham and Brighton claimed 3-1 wins over Cardiff and Crys­tal Palace, re­spec­tively. Bournemouth beat Hud­der­s­field 2-1.

Burn­ley-Liver­pool is one of six games on to­day in a rare mid­week round in the Pre­mier League.

Demon­stra­tors stand in front of a makeshift bar­ri­cade set up by the so-called yel­low jack­ets to block the en­trance of a fuel de­pot in Le Mans, west­ern France, yes­ter­day, with ban­ner read­ing “Stop the Govern­ment racket”.

Manch­ester City’s Leroy Sane (left) scores his side’s open­ing goal dur­ing the English Pre­mier League match be­tween Wat­ford and Manch­ester City yes­ter­day.

Manch­ester City’s Leroy Sane, left, waves sup­port­ers at the end of the English Pre­mier League match be­tween Wat­ford and Manch­ester City yes­ter­day.

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