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The possible moment Leroy Sane broke Premier League speed record vs Chelsea

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Leroy Sane is finally beginning to live up to his £37 million price tag at Manchester City.

Brought in from Schalke 04 by Pep Guardiola last summer, the 21-year-old's first season at the Etihad Stadium was, shall we say, satisfactory.

Five goals and three assists in 26 Premier League appearances represented an OK return for someone who was still adapting to English football.

But it would appear he's now got to grips with the pace and physicality and is enjoying a fantastic second season in England.

Indeed, three goals and two assists in seven league games is a marked improvement on the start he made at City this time last year.

Such is the strength in depth at City, Guardiola still uses Sane as a rotation player, but the signs suggest he will soon be a guaranteed starter.

And according to the Spanish manager, he had to be tough with Sane at the start of the 2017/18 term following a poor pre-season.

"He didn't arrive good," said Guardiola. "He didn’t make a good pre-season, he was not good in the first games, he didn't deserve to play.

"Now I have five strikers and all of them deserve to play because Gabriel [Jesus] is amazing. Bernardo Silva, every time he plays, he creates a lot of things.

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"Raz (Raheem Sterling), Leroy, Sergio [Aguero], all of them are going to play. Some are going to rest. I need them sharp."

Sane's pace is undoubtedly the strongest weapon in his arsenal, as demonstrated against Chelsea in the 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge over the weekend.

Throughout his 84-minute stint against the Blues, Sane terrorised Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso with his speed and trickery down the flanks.

So much so that, according Opta, Sane recorded the fastest running speed since records began in the Premier League in 2013/14.

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The Germany international was clocked at a staggering 35.48kph (22.05mph), eclipsing Jamie Vardy's previous record of 35.1kph at Leicester City.

Pinpointing when exactly Sane broke the record is no easy task, but there was one moment in the second half where the winger absolutely roasted Alonso.

In the video below at 2:07, Sane plays a one-two with David Silva and darts into the box, only for Alonso to put his arm across and bring him down.

No penalty was given by the referee, but Sane certainly looked like he was running fast. Check it out.

SANE BREAKS PL SPEED RECORD

InSane. There's a chance this wasn't the moment Sane ran at 35.48kph, but judging by how quickly he caught up with Alonso and ran past him, it might just be.

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