Bayern Munich winger Leroy Sane has praised Pep Guardiola, with the Germany international claiming that the Manchester City boss “reprogrammed” him and made him a better footballer through meticulous coaching.
Sane completed a €49 million (£45m/$55m) move - potentially rising to €60m (£55m/$67m) through add-ons – to the Allianz Arena in July, calling time on a trophy-laden four-year stay at the Etihad Stadium.
It had been suggested that the German had pushed for the move due to Guardiola's tactical demands, with some believing that the Catalan coach's methods can stifle players' creativity due to having to rigidly stick to his gameplan.
Sane has put paid to those claims, however, stating that he always had the “freedom” required to showcase his “individual quality” as he played his part in helping the Manchester side to two Premier League titles during his time in the English top flight.
“In positional play, in the general perception of the entire game, in tactical behaviour both offensively and defensively - Guardiola downright reprogrammed me,” the 24-year-old explained to Kicker.
“It's the simple movements that make you think, 'Oh, never'. But when you implement them, you realise very quickly that Guardiola is right. What he advises helps a lot, it makes the game easier and faster. Tactics are the most important thing to him.”