Man City Ace Leroy Sane Reveals How Manager Pep Guardiola Has Helped Improve His Game

Kavan Flavius

​Manchester City forward Leroy Sane has credited Spanish manager Pep Guardiola with the vast improvement in his game.

The 21-year-old German joined the Etihad side from Schalke 04 last summer for £37m (plus £11m add-ons, based on performances), and has since scored nine goals along with three assists in 30 appearances this season.

Southampton v Manchester City - Premier League
Southampton v Manchester City - Premier League

While he did get off to a rather slow start, he now looks the star performer who Guardiola was desperate to sign. And his nomination for the PFA Young Player of the Year award gives testimony to just how well his form has picked up.

"He has made me a more complete player," Sane said of Guardiola to ​MEN Sport

"Sometimes I have to play in the middle, against some teams, although mostly I play wide.

"He has made me look more at the details, to keep the ball better, to be more aggressive in my action when I get the ball."

Southampton v Manchester City - Premier League
Southampton v Manchester City - Premier League

The player and his coach did have a bit of a disagreement during City's 3-0 win over Southampton at St Mary's on Saturday, however.

The Spaniard thought that the attacker should have been granted a penalty when Fraser Forster appeared to have brought him down, but Sane thought otherwise, concurring with the referee's decision to award a corner.

"If I am honest, I thought penalty," Guardiola said after the match.  "But Sane is a German guy and German guys are always correct. He said no penalty so it was no penalty.

"They don't use tricks. The rules are the rules and if Sane says that, I believe him."

Kavan Flavius is a regular contributor to the Official Chelsea Guest Fan Blog, find him on Twitter @KavanFlavius.


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