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Sane, who was not selected in the Germany World Cup squad, had featured in City's four previous matches this season, although his only start, in the Community Shield, saw him hauled off at half-time. Jurgen Klopp's team are five points better off than at the same stage last season and the Londoners, now under Maurizio Sarri, have three more than they mustered under Antonio Conte 12 months ago.

The Magpies remain winless in their opening four Premier League games this season going into the global break, but there are some encouraging signs for manager Rafael Benitez to work with. Created more chances and conceded fewer.

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

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"We have six strikers and I made a decision to play with two strikers, we have two wingers plus another one on the bench and that's why we decided, this game, he wouldn't be there".

But he did not even make the bench for the 2-1 home victory over Newcastle on Saturday.

"We will improve", he said.

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Meanwhile, Guardiola is confident that City will kick-on and further improve once the squad reassembles after the global hiatus. We start again. So far, I am delighted with the points and the way we play.

"The other day he had a shot against Wolves which almost hit the corner flag, so it's just a persistence thing", said his fellow defender John Stones.

Stones is his fellow Yorkshireman's closest friend in the City dressing room and the pair will be together again with England during the worldwide break.

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