Mohamed Diame reacts to criticism of Rafa Benitez - and Newcastle’s players

Dean Simpson
September 3, 2018

"We need more time and after the global break the season starts properly in terms of having games every three days".

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.

But the 28-year-old had a very good reason for the hack job, simply putting it down to an injury prevention method.

Sane had to make do with three cameo appearances from the bench before being dropped on Saturday, while he was brought off at half-time in the Community Shield at the start of August. We have many and we have to take those decisions for the way the opponents play and what I see every day.

"To be honest, we knew it was going to be a hard start to the season", said Diame.

Meanwhile, Guardiola is confident that City will kick-on and further improve once the squad reassembles after the worldwide hiatus.

"We all know the quality Sane has, his importance in the club", he added.

"To be better is to control, create more chances and concede fewer".

Raheem Sterling, John Stones and Kyle Walker celebrate a goal. "I'm delighted with the points and the way we played".

"We can not be watching the table, it is too early". "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".

Now it's no problem because we play one game a week.

"If we score more goals it's a effect of the way we played", Guardiola said.

On paper, City have five winnable games left in September ahead of tough trips to Hoffenheim and Liverpool to begin October, and picking up maximum points in the league while kickstarting the Champions League with a win could be vital.

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