Napoli right-back Elseid Hysaj has expressed his confidence at keeping Manchester City winger Leroy Sane quiet in next week’s Champions League encounter.
The German international has been in fine form across the past month, taking his goal tally for the season to eight by breaking the deadlock in City’s 3-2 win over West Brom on Saturday afternoon and is up to five in terms of assists.
However, Hysaj – who will likely be tasked with keeping the winger quiet on Wednesday – is looking forward to the upcoming battle and has revealed he’s worked out a way to stop the City no.19 after extensive research.
“[Sane] is a strong player, technically and physically strong and we will talk about him, but I have already studied how to stop him,” he told Goal.
Napoli beat Genoa 3-2 in midweek but conceded the first goal. Hysaj feels this and the City game demonstrated Napoli’s resolve in adverse conditions, such as being a goal down.
“Nobody knows what will happen with the Scudetto, but we deserve it, both the team and the city,” he continued.
“We are very happy for the Wednesday’s win because Genoa are a good team and it is always a hard field. We’ve been good at reacting and playing our own game. We’ve been very mentally strong when we’re losing games, even in Manchester we reacted and eventually we could even tie.”
In the reverse meeting between the two club’s earlier this month, the duel between Sane and Hysaj made for good viewing. The former was successful with one take-on, was fouled once by the Albanian international and was limited to one chance created.
On the other hand, Hysaj did complete one take-ons against the German and also forced Sane into some defensive work by causing him to commit one foul before being withdrawn on the 70th minute mark at the Etihad Stadium.