Sunderland v Manchester City: Pablo Zabaleta’s wing warning to Black Cats

On-song Manchester City wideman Leroy Sane. Picture by Bruce Rollinson
On-song Manchester City wideman Leroy Sane. Picture by Bruce Rollinson
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Defender Pablo Zabaleta hopes that Manchester City wingers Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane can take their FA Cup form into Sunday’s Premier League trip to Sunderland.

The lively pair tormented Huddersfield as City stormed back from a goal down to thump the Championship side 5-1 in their midweek replay.

Now third-top City return to league action at the Stadium of Light, with Zabaleta saluting the form of his side’s fliers.

“Raheem and Leroy have been playing so well recently,” said Zabaleta.

“They provide width to the team and they’ve got pace. It’s incredible how one is crossing and the other one is arriving to the back post. We were a different team (after turning round a 1-0 deficit to lead) and we looked very dangerous going forward.

“This is what we need.

“They (Sterling and Sane) are really good players and they are so important for the team, especially in the way we play, so I hope they can continue until the end of the season.”

The Sunderland game starts a hectic run of five matches in 14 days for Pep Guardiola’s men.

“We’ve got a lot of games coming up now and we know how important and hard those games will be,” added Zabaleta, 32.

“We are playing well at the moment. I hope we can continue and keep that momentum going.”