Manchester City's Pep Guardiola: No problem with Leroy Sane despite omission



And as he looked ahead to the resumption of action following the current global break, Guardiola said he was in no doubt his contribution will be equally crucially this time round.

Newly-promoted Fulham are a team with plenty of talent, new signing Jean Michaël Seri, who had been linked with City, in particular settling well, but City will be heavy favourites to win that tie on home turf.

"The teams that are really, really good offensively are the teams that are very, very solid from the back".

"So really pleased with the performance of our players defensively...but as always, we have to improve the most hard thing, the transition on the attack when you play against the top sides and they are so quick and keep the ball so well".

"We want get our best level but I am so surprised at what happened last season".

"We all know the quality Sane has, his importance in the club, but it's the beginning of the season".

"Step by step we will get our best condition", Guardiola said.

Kyle Walker has also emerged as a pivotal figure in his time at the Etihad Stadium but while the right-back has made an impact in other respects, his wait for a first City goal lasted until the second half on Saturday.

Guardiola will have to rotate his squad when City are playing three games a week.

"We will improve", he said. "It's nearly impossible after the World Cup, after what happened last season, mentally for the players and everybody to be in the best condition".

"In all my life as a player and a coach, every year you have two or three situations in the dressing room during a game or during a training session when something happens between players", he added. "We would like to score more goals but we created the chances". "But two defensive mistakes in five minutes lost the game for us".

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