Leroy Sane added a second 10-goal season to his Premier League resume on Wednesday when Man City beat Manchester United 2-0 at Old Trafford.
That he did so in about 650 less minutes says something about his growth and patience as Pep Guardiola has opted to focus on other options in attack.
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“The mood is obviously you want to play every game but in this squad it’s sometimes normal that you can sit on the bench,” Sane said in a post-match pitch-side talk with the NBCSN crew.
“It’s why I’m not really disappointed. I think in my own head to work harder and stay focused. On the pitch there are really good players playing good. I appreciate it, I enjoy it, and I can learn from this.”
Arlo White asked Sterling whether he believes City are the favorites to win the Premier League title. Liverpool is a point behind City, but has two of its three remaining matches at home compared to City’s one.
“It’s hard to say,” Sane said. “There’s a lot of pressure from Liverpool, but we stay focused on game to game. We have it in our own hands, so just stay focused, and try to win the last three games.”
Arlo White, Lee Dixon and Graeme Le Saux are going on another Excellent Adventure.
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NBC Sports’ Premier League crew in the UK will be attending two games on opposite sides of London Saturday, as they’ll call West Ham v. Arsenal (Watch live, 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) in a big London derby and then Chelsea v. Newcastle United (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via NBCSports.com) at Stamford Bridge.
For Part 3 of the adventure, the guys will be traveling on motorbikes and stopping to take pictures at Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey along the way.
“Announcing two Premier League games on the same day is really great fun, and now we have the added twist of calling a third game the following day, all in the same city!” lead soccer announcer Arlo White said. “We’ve given up trying to race between stadiums as Lee is far too competitive, but we’ll climb on the motorbike taxis after calling West Ham v/ Arsenal and head west across town to Stamford Bridge, and call Chelsea v. Newcastle. We’ll be armed with GoPro cameras so I’m sure we’ll see some famous sights and landmarks along the way!”
They will also be staying in London on Sunday to call the massive clash at Wembley, as Tottenham host Manchester United (Watch live, 11:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).
“After a night to recover, we’ll head to Wembley on Sunday for a massive game between title chasing Tottenham and a rejuvenated Manchester United. As usual, the games themselves will come first, but it’s the perfect weekend for the three of us and we can’t wait to get started.”
Stay tuned across our social platforms, including NBC Sport Soccer’s Twitter account, to catch up with the Excellent Adventure 3.
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There’s a third place game to be played, but England’s World Cup dream was spoiled Wednesday in a 2-1 extra time semifinal loss to Croatia.
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That didn’t stop England fans and neutrals from reacting with pride to a surprising semifinal run.
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Arlo White and Lee Dixon will be heading on another Excellent Adventure this Saturday.
The NBC Sports Group’s lead play-by-play commentator, White, and soccer analyst, Dixon, will call the Merseyside Derby at Goodison Park at 7:30 a.m. ET (Watch live on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) then dash across the M62 to call the Manchester Derby as Manchester City host Manchester United at 12:30 p.m. ET (Watch live on NBC and online via NBCSports.com).
The Excellent Adventure II follows on from their epic journey across London last season after they called a game at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge, then jumped on motorbikes to get across to White Hart Lane for a game later that day.
Make sure to follow all of our social media accounts for up to date footage of their journey, including a Facebook Live video with Arlo and Lee here during their journey from Liverpool to Manchester.
It should be, well, Excellentttttttt….