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I wanted an assist: Sane bemoans Silva miss as Manchester City top group

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Leroy Sane’s double against Hoffenheim ensured Manchester City won their Champions League group (Martin Rickett/PA)

Leroy Sane’s double against Hoffenheim ensured Manchester City won their Champions League group (Martin Rickett/PA)

Point made: Pep Guardiola was happy to taste victory

Point made: Pep Guardiola was happy to taste victory

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Leroy Sane’s double against Hoffenheim ensured Manchester City won their Champions League group (Martin Rickett/PA)

Manchester City winger Leroy Sane reflected on a job well done after his two goals against Hoffenheim secured top spot in Champions League Group F.

City also hit the woodwork twice as they created numerous chances after making a sluggish start during the 2-1 victory.

Sane cancelled out former Leicester striker Andrej Kramaric's early penalty with a stunning free-kick just before half time and grabbed his second on the hour.

Pep Guardiola's side, who gave valuable experience to 18-year-old Phil Foden, dominated the second half and Sane could have had a hat-trick had he not passed up another shooting chance.

It was an impressive performance from the German - left out of his country's World Cup squad last summer - against a team from his homeland.

Sane said: "We had some good moments, we made life hard for ourselves but it was a really good game. I was thinking of whether to shoot or not from the free-kick, it was quite a distance. It was quite lucky.

"We had enough chances in the second half to make the game quiet, I don't know what happened with the three-on-one, I passed it to Bernardo Silva and he had a tap-in...I wanted an assist!"

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City boss Pep Guardiola said that John Stones had a knee injury in the first half, which is why he was replaced, but it "is no big deal".

On Foden, he added: "He was incredible. We don't have any doubts about his quality. He has to compete with David Silva, Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin de Bruyne etc but he can do everything. He is a fighter, can score goals, has the body shape. He is only 18 years old. We didn't have any doubts that he can play at the top level."

He added: "We are in the best 16 and now we are going to see the draw, and arrive at the right moment.

"We started flat because Hoffenheim were so demanding about how they attacked the space and physically they were stronger. Then we started to play. But the result is good - we are first.

"Sane was aggressive. The first goal was incredible but the second was lucky because the control was not quite good, but he finished."

Hoffenheim boss Julian Nagelsmann said: "I'm proud of the way we have played in the Champions League.

"As a newcomer to the Champions League, we've played well. We've done a lot for the club and we hope to do more of this in the future."


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