City’s Leroy Sane not fulfilling potential, must improve attitude: Toni Kroos

Germany's midfielder Leroy Sane during a training session of the German national football team in Munich, southern Germany, on September 3, 2018 ahead of their UEFA Nations League against France. (AFP)
Updated 06 September 2018
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City’s Leroy Sane not fulfilling potential, must improve attitude: Toni Kroos

LONDON: Manchester City’s Leroy Sane is not living up to his considerable potential and must improve his attitude if he wants to be the best, according to his Germany teammate Toni Kroos.
Sane did not feature for Germany during their disastrous World Cup in Russia, but will make a return to the squad for his nation’s UEFA Nations League tie with France and Sunday’s friendly with Peru.
The call-up comes despite the fact he is yet to start a match for City this season, and was dropped completely for Saturday’s win at Newcastle.
“Sometimes you have the feeling with Leroy’s body language that it’s all the same if we win or lose,” Kroos said.
“He’s a player who has everything you need to be a world-class player but sometimes you have to tell him he has to perform better,” the Real Madrid midfielder added.
Sane, the Professional Footballers’ Association Young Player of the Year last season, scored 10 goals and assisted 15 times in the Premier League-winning campaign.
“What is crystal clear is his quality, his pace, his left foot. If he performs, he’s a real weapon.
“He has the quality, especially for us, but maybe the head coach looked at his performances for the national team and wasn’t happy.
“He was fantastic for City last year but Pep (Guardiola) has the same problem at the moment — he’s trying to get the best out of him,” Kroos added.


Green triple-double fuels Warriors’ comeback win

Updated 19 May 2019
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Green triple-double fuels Warriors’ comeback win

  • The Golden State Warriors rallied for a 110-99 victory over the Trail Blazers in Portland
  • The two-time defending champion Warriors trailed by as many as 18 in the second quarter

LOS ANGELES: Draymond Green exploded for a seventh career playoff triple-double Saturday as the Golden State Warriors rallied for a 110-99 victory over the Trail Blazers in Portland and a 3-0 lead in the NBA Western Conference finals.
The two-time defending champion Warriors trailed by as many as 18 in the second quarter, but with Green driving them they produced another dominant third period to seize control of the contest and the series.
No team has come back from an 0-3 deficit to win an NBA playoff series. The Trail Blazers will try to fend off elimination when they host game four on Monday.
Green scored 20 points with 13 rebounds and 12 assists, keeping the Warriors afloat in the first half before superstar Stephen Curry came alive with 21 of his 36 points after the interval.
“There aren’t many guys in the game that can (affect both ends of the floor),” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of Green beforehand. “Draymond can do both.”
His intensity was on display on both ends of the court, and on the sidelines as he exhorted teammates to keep pushing.
Klay Thompson added 19 points for the Warriors, who were again without injured star Kevin Durant.
“All my teammates, my coaches have been telling me, ‘Draymond, get to the hole, be aggressive,’” Green said of his mindset.
“We’ve got guys out there, Steph, Klay and those guys who draw a lot of attention, so it’s on me to do my job and come through for those guys.”
CJ McCollum led Portland with 23 points. Damian Lillard, relentlessly double-teamed by the Warriors, added 19 points.
Center Meyers Leonard, making just his third start of the season, finished with 16 points.
Leonard made the most of his opportunity early, connecting on five of seven shots from the field in the first half on the way to 13 points.
The Trail Blazers, energized in front of a rowdy home crowd at the Moda Center, quickly built a 10-point lead before the Warriors trimmed it to two — 29-27 — at the end of the first quarter.
But the Blazers kept the pressure on, stretching the lead to 18 in the second quarter.
A steal by Lillard produced a thunderous dunk from Leonard, then Portland’s Seth Curry stole the ball from his superstar brother Stephen and raced for a three-pointer that made it 60-42 with 2:28 remaining in the first half.
Portland took a 66-53 lead into the locker room, but the Warriors responded with a monster third quarter, using a 22-6 scoring run to take their first lead of the game, 77-76 on a layup by Kevin Looney — assisted by Green.
Golden State out-scored Portland 29-13 in the quarter to lead by three heading into the final frame.
The Warriors pushed the lead to 11 with 4:51 remaining and the Trail Blazers wouldn’t get the deficit below eight from there.