Sane is a perfect player for Guardiola and can help Man City topple former club Schalke

By | 19th February 2019

MANCHESTER CITY did not recruit manager Pep Guardiola and spend millions on players just to win the Premier League.

Just like with Paris Saint-Germain in France, City’s owners want the Champions League.

Pep Guardiola was recruited as Manchester City boss to deliver the Champions League
Pep Guardiola was recruited as Manchester City boss to deliver the Champions League
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He won the tournament twice during his spell at Barcelona, in 2009 and 2011
He won the tournament twice during his spell at Barcelona, in 2009 and 2011
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So City ‘have’ to win the competition in the same way PSG do. Maybe I can’t quite say City have to win it, that’s too much.

Of course you must also respect the quality of the other sides.

But they have a good chance.

City are a top team with top players and a great coach. They are also more experienced now.

Paris Saint-Germain are another club who are winning league titles but yet to conquer Europe
Paris Saint-Germain are another club who are winning league titles but yet to conquer Europe
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DRIVING THEM IN-SANE

We see Leroy Sane every week in the Premier League and when he plays in Europe.

It’s clear Germany missed him at the World Cup, because he is a special player.

He can make the difference in any game. He did that when he was at Schalke — and many times since he moved to City.

Hopefully he will also do it for Germany at the Euros in 2020.

Leroy Sane was left out by Joachim Low for the World Cup but has continually improved under Pep Guardiola
Leroy Sane was left out by Joachim Low for the World Cup but has continually improved under Pep Guardiola
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Sane is a unique player, who has all the attributes he needs in his position.

Pace, intelligence, the ability to run both on and off the ball — and then to score goals.

The only thing that surprises me is that Pep wanted to let Jadon Sancho go and kept Sane.

He paid £37million for Sane and sold Sancho to Borussia Dortmund for £8m.

The winger joined Manchester City from their Champions League last-16 opponents Schalke in 2016
The winger joined Manchester City from their Champions League last-16 opponents Schalke in 2016
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Then again, I think Leroy is the perfect player for Guardiola’s system and style.

And he has improved at City, absolutely. He was only 19 when he left Schalke. That was his home-town club, he had come from the youth team.

It wasn’t like me, leaving Bayern for Inter at 27, for fresh motivation and a new experience.

He moved to play for one of the best coaches in the world, who can only improve players — and he has done that with Sane.

UP IN THE AIR FOR SCHALKE

Schalke do not have the same quality as City, although they are not as bad as their Bundesliga position of 14th suggests.

It has been a difficult season for the club but the fans will be really up for it in Gelsenkirchen.

They will make it a hostile place for City.

And where Schalke can be dangerous is dead-ball situations.

The German club have struggled in the Bundesliga this season and sit 14th
The German club have struggled in the Bundesliga this season and sit 14th
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They are a team that is physical and good in the air — with strong, powerful central defenders who are a threat at free-kicks and corners.

So if City give away too many of those situations, then they could have some problems.

VERDICT

Man for man, across the whole squad, City are far superior.

They are a team that can win the competition. Schalke know they cannot.

But of course this is the Champions League.

We saw last week in the games at Old Trafford and Wembley how things can change so quickly at the top level.

Matthaus does not expect Manchester City to slip up against Schalke
Matthaus does not expect Manchester City to slip up against Schalke
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If you make mistakes you can be killed. That’s what happened to Dortmund at Spurs. One bad night and you are out, it’s over.

I just do not think City will have that night. They have been warned.

PREDICTION: SCHALKE 0 MANCHESTER CITY 2

This post written by Joshua Jones originally appeared on Football news - transfers, fixtures, scores, pictures | The Sun. Read the full post here.

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