Pep Guardiola put his Manchester City side through their paces yesterday after Saturday's dramatic 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur.
Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero seemed to put City in control, but Spurs twice equalised to claim a draw. Gabriel Jesus' late goal almost won it for City, but VAR ruled it out for a handball in the build-up, much to the disappointment of Blues' players.
The incident means City have now seen two Jesus goals ruled out for two extremely marginal VAR calls already this season. But Guardiola knows they must work on other aspects of their game with Bournemouth the next opponents on Sunday at the Vitality Stadium.
Stick around for the latest Man City updates throughout the day.
De Bruyne is City's Beckham - Redknapp
Jamie Redknapp reckons Kevin De Bruyne is as good at crossing as David Beckham was.
“My old England team-mate Beckham was the best I’ve ever seen when it came to crossing. He knew his strengths. He didn’t have to beat a man — he was confident of finding space and creating goals,” Carragher wrote in his Mail Online column.
“De Bruyne is City’s equivalent. When you’ve got someone like him, it makes your job as a striker so much easier. You know that if you burst into the empty space, then he will find you. Sterling knew that on Saturday and so did Aguero.
“It helps that he used to spend time on the wing at Genk, where he started his career. That helped him hone his crossing skills.”
Bernardo unconcerned by draw
Manchester City were dominant against Spurs so Bernardo Silva is unsurprisingly unconcerned by the fact they didn’t pick up all three points.
“Yeah, it is early but you never want to drop points, obviously,” Bernardo said. “We wanted to start on the right foot this season so it is not good to drop two points in the second game. It is early, we need to keep working on our improvements on the way we play.
“If I remember well, two seasons ago we lost the second game (actually drew vs Everton), last season we had a draw against Wolves in the third game. We will come back stronger.”
Beckham's message to Sane
He may be a former United player but this is a nice touch by Beckham.
We have to accept the rules - Bernardo
Bernardo Silva said City’s players need to get used to the new rules after Gabriel Jesus’ controversial disallowed goal against Spurs on Saturday.
“Last season with a similar situation, we were out of the Champions League,” Bernardo said. “The ball hits Llorente’s hand and it is a goal. Now it hits Laporte’s hand. It was not on purpose but it is disallowed.
“Rules are rules and we have to accept it. You might agree or not but you have to accept it.
“Of course we are not happy, we were playing at home we are used to winning at home and we wanted to do better. I think today we deserved to go home with a win because I think we were the better team. It is football and on to the next one.”
Bayern confirm stance on Sane
Bayern Munich have expectedly confirmed they will not move for Leroy Sane this summer due to the lengthy injury lay-off the Manchester City winger is facing.
Sane damaged his cruciate ligament in City’s Community Shield win over Liverpool at the beginning of August and underwent surgery in Austria on Sunday.
Sane was expected to be treated by Dr Ramon Cugat in Barcelona but went against Pep Guardiola’s advice as he opted to be operated on by Professor Christian Fink, who he knows through the German national team.
The 23-year-old forward will now miss the majority of the 2019-20 season as he works his way back to full fitness.
Bayern CEO Karl Heinz Rummenigge told Bild the length of time Sane will be out for means they will not attempt to sign him before the German transfer window closes on September 2.
Guardiola not in favour of VAR suspension
Pep Guardiola was asked if he thought VAR should be suspended while they iron out inconsistencies after Manchester City had a late goal ruled out against Tottenham for handball.
Gabriel Jesus thought he had scored an injury-time winner on Saturday night at the Etihad only for the goal to be overturned by the video assistant referee after an Aymeric Laporte handball in the area in the build up.
Guardiola lamented inconsistencies with the new handball rule after the final whistle in City’s second Premier League game of the season, citing Andreas Christensen’s apparent handball against Liverpool in the Super Cup on Wednesday as an example, but did not back the suggestion that VAR should be suspended or paused in order for officials to review how it is going.
What Sterling told Barker before youngster left Man City
Brandon Barker sought advice from senior Manchester City players before deciding to leave the Etihad on a permanent transfer this summer.
Barker, 22, moved to Rangers on a three year deal after spending each of the last three seasons out on loan, making his debut on Sunday.
The Manchester-born winger was a popular figure at City, but admitted he needed to be playing more regular football at this stage in his career.
But before confirming his move to Scotland, Barker revealed how a conversation with friend and mentor Raheem Sterling convinced him that it was the right move.
“All of the City players were really good with me in terms of giving advice,” Barker told the Daily Record.
De Bruyne leads call for rule change from frustrated City players
Kevin De Bruyne wants clarity and a debate on the new handball rule after Manchester City were denied a later winner against Tottenham.
Gabriel Jesus looked to have given Pep Guardiola’s side a late winner at the end of an absorbing Premier League clash, only for replays to show that the ball had brushed Aymeric Laporte’s arm on the way to the Brazilian striker.
A new rule introduced this season - in part after Willy Boly’s goal against City last season was allowed to stand at Molineux - means that handballs now do not have to be intentional to be penalised and the technology that looks at every goal was on hand to enforce it.
However, while accidental handballs are penalised for an attacking side the same does not apply for defending teams meaning that had it struck a Spurs arm it would not have been a City penalty if the officials were convinced that the person that it hit wasn’t attempting to gain an advantage.
Bernardo Silva says VAR could change what Man City players do
Bernardo Silva isn’t sure if he will celebrate the next Manchester City goal after being frustrated in consecutive matches.
The Etihad erupted in injury time on Saturday as Gabriel Jesus looked to have given the Blues a precious Premier League win over fellow title contenders Tottenham, but despite nobody at the ground or at home picking up on the ball hitting Aymeric Laporte’s arm, the goal was disallowed after a period of time - with Spurs players so bemused by the decision they were laughing in disbelief on the pitch.
And while supporters of VAR would point to the Tottenham game to say that the technology does not take away from the natural joy around a stadium of scoring a goal, Bernardo Silva - a supporter of VAR - says he may not celebrate goals as quickly in future after the experience of the last fortnight.
“I am starting to get used to it so probably next time I won’t celebrate it, I don’t know,” he said.
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