Revealed: Why Philippe Sandler wore number 34 on his Man City debut

Philippe Sandler makes Man City debut vs Rotherham

Manchester City played host to Championship side Rotherham on Sunday in the 3rd round of the FA Cup.

As was to be expected, Man City would dominate the game and eventually opened the scoring in the 12th minute.

It would take some time before City added their second of the game with Phil Foden making it 2-0 in the 43rd minute.

Rotherham centre-back Semi Ajayi would then put the ball in the back of his own net in first-half injury time.

Gabriel Jesus would bag Man City’s fourth just after the break which was then followed by goals from Riyad Mahrez, Nicolas Otamendi and Leroy Sane in the 73rd, 78th and 85th minute.

Man City would also hand a first-team debut to 21-year-old Philippe Sandler vs Rotherham.

Sandler came off the bench in the 67th minute to replace Kevin de Bruyne.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JANUARY 06: Leroy Sane of Manchester City celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s seventh goal during the FA Cup Third Round match between Manchester City and Rotherham United at the Etihad Stadium on January 6, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Sandler’s reason for choosing the number 34 shirt

Sandler joined Man City this past summer from PEC Zwolle for a fee of around £2.25m.

Upon making his Man City debut, Sandler chose to wear the number 34 shirt.

It has since been revealed by Sandler himself that he wanted the number 34 shirt to pay tribute to Abdelhak Nouri whom Sandler played alongside in Ajax’s youth academy.

“I made my debut with #34. I asked for it immediately when I arrived.

“It is a tribute to Appie, who I played with in the Ajax Youth for years. It is great that I can sympathize with him and his family in this way.”

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