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I understand Pep using me off the bench, says super sub Sane

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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.”

Watch Live: Chelsea v. Burnley

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Chelsea bids to move into the Premier League’s third place when in-form Burnley visits Stamford Bridge on Monday (Watch live at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek starts for Chelsea, which will have Pedro, Olivier Giroud, and Ross Barkley amongst its subs.

Burnley opens with Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood leading the line.

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Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Luiz, Emerson, Jorginho, Kante, Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi, Higuain, Hazard. Subs: Caballero, Cahill, Zappacosta, Kovacic, Barkley, Pedro, Giroud.

Burnley: Heaton, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Cork, Westwood, Hendrick, McNeil, Barnes, Wood. Subs: Hart, Gibson, Long, Ward, Brady, Gudmundsson, Vydra

Watch Live: Cardiff-Liverpool, Arsenal-Palace

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A pair of 11 a.m. ET kickoffs will have plenty to say about the Premier League’s title, Top Four, and relegation battles, as Liverpool visits Cardiff City and Arsenal hosts a London Derby with Crystal Palace.


Cardiff City v. Liverpool — 11 a.m. ET, NBCSN [STREAM ]

Cardiff: Etheridge, Peltier, Bennett, Morrison, Manga, Ralls, Gunnarsson, Mendez-Laing, Camarasa, Niasse, Hoilett.

Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Keita, Mane, Salah, Firmino.


Arsenal v. Crystal Palace — 11 a.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold [STREAM ]

Arsenal: Leno, Koscielny, Jenkinson, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Mavropanos, Guendouzi, Elneny, Aubameyang, Ozil, Lacazette.

Palace: Guaita, Ward, Dann, Kelly, Wan-Bissaka, Kouyate, McArthur, Milivojevic, Meyer, Zaha, Benteke.

Watch Live: Leicester City v. Newcastle United

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Leicester City puts its four-match winning streak on the line for a visit from Newcastle United on Friday at King Power Stadium (Watch live at 3 p.m. ET Saturday on NBC and online via NBCSports.com).

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The Premier League weekend begins with in-form Jamie Vardy hoping to continue his scoring against Newcastle United, who is without strong center back Florian Lejeune.

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Leicester City: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Ndidi, Tielemans, Gray, Maddison, Barnes, Vardy. Subs: Ward, Evans, Fuchs, Mendy, Albrighton, Okazaki, Iheanacho.

Newcastle United: Dubravka, Manquillo, Schar, Lascelles, Dummett, Ritchie, Ki, Hayden, Perez, Almiron, Rondon. Subs: Darlow, Yedlin, Fernandez, Shelvey, Diame, Atsu, Muto.

Watch Live: Everton v. Arsenal

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Arsenal needs a result to move back into third place as it visits Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday (Watch live at 9:05 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

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Should the Gunners do it, they’ll do it starting without Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Alexandre Lacazette gets the start up top for Arsenal. Mesut Ozil is in there, too.

Everton keeps longtime Arsenal man Theo Walcott on the bench.

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Everton: Pickford, Digne, Zouma, Keane, Coleman, Gueye, Gomes, Bernard, Sigurdsson, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin. Subs: Stekelenburg, Baines, Jagielka, Davies, Walcott, Lookman, Tosun.

Arsenal: Leno, Mustafi, Sokratis, Monreal, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Guendouzi, Kolasinac, Ozil, Mkhitaryan, Lacazette. Subs: Cech, Lichtsteiner, Jenkinson, Ramsey, Suarez, Iwobi, Aubameyang.