Manchester City's Leroy Sane: I welcome Pep Guardiola criticism

He limped off after scoring in their 2-0 win over Brighton on Saturday but still took part in training.

Hoffenheim are expected to be without captain Kevin Vogt because of a thigh injury, as well as defenders Ermin Bicakcic and Havard Nordtveit.

In light of the home defeat by Lyon in City's opening game, Guardiola was especially pleased.

Manchester City have got off to a strong start in the Premier League, picking up 19 points in their first seven games.

"He is the sort of player who steps up in the hard moments and he deserves all of my respect".

"Jogi Low and Pep Guardiola both know exactly how to deal with me". I want to improve myself.

It was a dream start for Hoffenheim in their first-ever UEFA Champions League home fixture as Belfodil netted an opener within the first minute.

City beat Brighton 2-0 over the weekend with goals from Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero.

The visitors continued to dominate the match thereafter even as the talented attack-line attempted to break Hoffenheim's stubborn defence.

Hoffenheim have only played two games against clubs from England, losing to Liverpool in Champions League playoff qualifying last sesason.

City return to Premier League action on Sunday in a vital showdown with Liverpool at Anfield, which will see the top two teams in England go head to head.

They have also won more points and scored more goals in these games than any other side.

Guardiola met Hoffenheim six times whilst manager of Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga. The duo have combined for five goals this season.

The Catalan, who will be back on the touchline at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena after serving a one-match European ban, said: "In the Champions League we don't have time to lose a lot of games and we lost the first one".

While Manchester City and Liverpool sail into a new week in confident mood, Tottenham are still yet to entirely convince while Manchester United's crisis shows no signs of abating.


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