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Media: 'Beautiful' Sane strike for Germany

FIRST INTERNATIONAL STRIKE: Leroy Sane

FIRST INTERNATIONAL STRIKE: Leroy Sane

There may be a break from the Premier League this weekend but you can't keep the City stars out of the spotlight...

Friday's Media Watch focuses on City's attacking talent at home and abroad, so let's start with Leroy Sane who was in action for Germany against Russia in Leipzig.

"Germany coach Joachim Low hailed Leroy Sane's strike in a 3-0 friendly win over Russia as "beautiful" after the Manchester City winger scored his first international goal," FourFourTwo's report read, before further reaction from the boss.

"'We had a good first period, we controlled the game well,' Low told reporters after the match in Leipzig.

"'In previous matches we were criticised for not playing from deep. Here we have been able to do it in a few situations.

"'We have created a dynamic and built two beautiful goals in this way. In the second period, when we made a lot of changes, we lost some flow, it's normal.'"

Meanwhile, Sane features along with a clutch of City stars in Sky Sports' list of top performing players in Europe so far this season.

The article has Leroy at number 21, Raheem Sterling at number 14, Sergio Aguero 13, with Riyad Mahrez in at number 11.

The count-down reads: "Riyad Mahrez has made an outstanding start to his Manchester City career, with his form hitting new heights in recent weeks. The former Leicester man netted four goals in the Premier League so far and given Guardiola yet another dangerous weapon in attack."

See the full list here.

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Finally, Sky pundit Danny Higginbotham believes Sterling could score 30 goals this season after a blistering start to the 18/19 campaign.

The 23-year-old has already scored nine times this season as he follows up on last season's fantastic performance, and Higginbotham said: "I think he'll break the record he set for himself last season of 23 goals and I think he'll be pushing 30 plus this season."

The article continues: “Sterling arrived at Manchester City from Liverpool in the summer of 2015 when Manuel Pellegrini was manager. He scored six times in 31 appearances in his debut season and Higginbotham believes he has developed his game since Guardiola took charge.

“He (Higginbotham) said: ‘When you look at Manchester City before Guardiola and Manchester City now with Guardiola, obviously they're fantastic on the ball but it's the movement off the ball as well which has improved.

"’Sterling's now creating space for others, giving the ball and then getting into another situation where he can find himself in a really good position to score goals.’”

That's your lot for today, we'll be back same time, same place on Saturday for more City-centric coverage!

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