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‘Biggest Mystery Of The Season’ ‘It Is Very Odd’ – City Fans Perplexed By Pep’s Decision To Bench Star Against Spurs

Manchester City winger Leroy Sane was benched for the 1-0 defeat to Tottenham in the Champions League quarter-final last night.

Riyad Mahrez was picked ahead of the German as Bernardo Silva was deemed not fit enough to feature in the game.

Fans on Twitter are not sure what Sane has done wrong for manager Pep Guardiola not to pick him from the start:

There are likely a number of factors in play here. Guardiola went with a more defensive setup against Spurs last night, trying to replicate the away 0-0 draw against Liverpool in the league earlier this season.

The Spaniard may have simply trusted Mahrez’s tactical discipline ahead of Sane with a second leg at the Etihad still likely to be decisive.

The winger has been noticeably absent from the bigger games in recent months, and perhaps that’s down to concerns about City’s left flank. Without Benjamin Mendy, players have had to fill in at left-back, and it may be that Guardiola doesn’t feel the German provides adequate protection.