Leroy Sane scored twice as Manchester City came from behind to beat Hoffenheim 2-1 at the Etihad to win Group F. One of his goals came from a sublime free kick taken nat the death of the first half.
The Blues had trailed after a penalty in the 16th min before Sane struck either side of the break in a fantastic Champions League clash.
City, as per usual, dominated possession and missed so many chances. Monday is when we will know our Champions League fate as the draw will happen then and we are slated to face either Ajax, Roma, Schalke and Atletico Madrid.
Alas, a win was achieved and our newly re-signed Big Phil Foden played great.
To the reaction!
Pep Guardiola Reaction
“Incredible. Today finished group stage in best way. Best 16 teams in Europe. We try to arrive in February in the best condition with players fit.
Big compliment for this group because every group is tough, and we did it so well.”
Raheem Sterling’s performance:
“Top. Unfortunately, the finishing or last pass (wasn’t there) but he is young. He will improve. His performance was excellent.”
Full backs. Walker introduction
Everybody’s important. Kyle is important. Danilo is injured. We decide to make build up with 3 three the back - that’s why we played John there. He can do it but he didn’t feel comfortable in first half with his knee. Not a big issue. Kyle started to warm up and at the break, we made the sub.
“Stones is not a full back. Kyle is, but I admire the effort to try to do it.”
Phil Foden performance…
“They scored a goal. Before that moment, we were flat, they were better. Not because they did special things, but we were flat.
Hoffenheim, I know a bit about how they play. If they run, you cannot stop.
After the penalty, we were good. Created a lot of chances, hit the post, many counter attacks. Need to improve on that in future.
Second half, team was much better. Not just Phil but in general over 90 minutes, Phil was outstanding. I never had doubts. The quality he has with the ball. Looks skinny but really strong. Huge talent. England has a diamond.
Against German teams it is so demanding, but he played like a man.”
“Really proud. I am a lucky guy.”
Leroy Sane Reaction
Leroy Sane revealed his stunning free-kick was the first of his career.
”I practice a lot in training,” smiled Sane.
”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!”
Group winners ⚽️ #LS19 #inSané @ManCity pic.twitter.com/TEoHus8Vpu— Leroy Sané (@LeroySane19) December 12, 2018
Top of the group! @ManCity #AL14 pic.twitter.com/jxw9gfzlxe— Aymeric Laporte (@Laporte) December 13, 2018
Such a great win tonight, lads. Good performance, great position. Let's keep going! #AloMãe #gratidão #ComeOnCity pic.twitter.com/Xb31ONK1im— Gabriel Jesus (@gabrieljesus33) December 13, 2018
Very happy with last nights win. Time to focus now on the weekend pic.twitter.com/XGXT84pF7m— Phil Foden (@PhilFoden) December 13, 2018
Next up is this weekend v Everton in the Premier League. See you then!