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'I need to live with my Man City players to know them'

The Citizens manager has opened up about the lengths he goes to in order to understand his charges.

MAN CITY MANAGER Pep Guardiola has revealed the extent of his efforts to get to know his players ahead of the new Premier League season.

The former Bayern Munich boss is preparing for his first campaign in England since taking over from Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad Stadium.

And Guardiola has opened about the lengths he has gone to in order to try and breed immediate success from his charges at City.

“To know the players, you have to live with them,” Guardiola explained at a news conference.

“Eat with them, talk to them, train with them, get to know them.

I am very pleased with our pre-season, I am very very pleased with the behaviour of all of our players.

“I think in terms of spirit and character we will be a real team and that is what I want.

We have to try to help each other and go forward and be aggressive without the ball – I like to see us fight.”

One player Guardiola has already earmarked for special attention is new signing Leroy Sane, who is struggling with a minor injury.

Sane can play in five positions, he is a young player, he’s fast. I am going to try and help him a lot to show his quality,” he added.

“He isn’t fit. There’s a little problem with his hamstring, he hasn’t made it to a training session yet, so he’s not here.”

City face Arsenal in a friendly on Sunday before opening up their Premier League season against Sunderland next weekend.

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