Leroy Sane seizes centre stage as champions City beat Fulham

Leroy Sane seizes centre stage as champions City beat Fulham

It is too early to judge Leroy Sane this season, but Pep Guardiola said the attacker was facing a challenge at Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola made four changes to his side, including a first Premier League start of the season for Sane, and the out-of-favour Germany worldwide took just 97 seconds to make his impact.

Fernandinho pounced on a awful pass from Jean Michael Seri and drove forward, greeting Sane's return by gifting him a simple finish.

"We were so delighted with Kevin last season because, after two minutes, they had an agreement".

"Last season he had a top impact because he played three minutes from the bench and when he plays three minutes, he played the best he can play", Guardiola said. One particular passage of play, with a delectable piece of chest control, some impromptu juggling and a defence-splitting pass to release Raheem Sterling, who then hit the bar, was worthy of the Belgian.

The former Chelsea star Schurrle was on fire again on the 30th minute when he tried to catch Ederson but the Man City keeper was alert to parry the effort behind the crossbar for a corner-kick.

Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic said: "The result is completely fair".

There were always likely to be goals in this match considering that Fulham's four previous fixtures had featured 16 goals, one more than in City's four games.

Having taken the lead 97 seconds into the first half, their third arrived 98 seconds after the interval when Sterling tapped home a simple finish from close range after Aguero had made it impossible to miss with a low ball across the face of goal. He said, "But we were aggressive when we had the ball and we created chances".

Michael Owen is backing Manchester City to ease to resounding win over Lyon in their Champions League opener at The Etihad on Wednesday night.

"Bernardo Silva? Ah, he's average".

- Fulham have registered their second worst start to a Premier League campaign after five games (4pts, -5 goal difference); only bettering 2011-2012 (3 pts, -3 goal difference).

"It's a challenge for him and not just him - everybody", Guardiola told a news conference ahead of City's clash against Fulham.

Replacement Gabriel Jesus, Sterling and Bernardo all missed chances to turn City's dominance into a bigger win before they took their foot off the gas with one eye on their midweek assignment.

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