Pep Guardiola admits Manchester City failure to land Harry Kane this summer has left they miss the same goal threat as their rivals for the premier league title.
city came up short in their bid to replace Sergio Aguero as Tottenham remained steadfast despite Kane’s desire to leave, while Saturday opponents Chelsea signed Romelu Lukaku to bolster their title credentials and Manchester United brought back Cristiano Ronaldo.
City managed to win the league relatively comfortable last term despite Aguero missing the majority of the campaign by means of injury, but even though they broke the bank around himself sign Jack Grealish for £100m, Guardiola knows a true Wouldn’t have a 9 added another dimension.
“A striker is a striker – she live a little outside the bubble,’ he said with the keepers they are the most specialized players.
“These are the hardest players to get. We were privileged to have Sergio for so many years but unfortunately the last year he had bad injuries.
“We survived without him in An way, but when we played with we had something extra for him. We have exceptional players but we don’t have this weapon that other one teams like United of Chelsea of having Tottenham.
“We have to use what we can do as a team. We do not have any player who can score 25 goals for himself, so we have to do it as a team, and that’s what we’re going to try this season.”
Chelsea broke City’s hearts last season, with their 1-0 win over Guardiolas side in the Champions League final one of three defeats die they have inflicted in the final two months of the campaign, having also ended their FA Cup defense at the semi-final phase.
Guardiola acknowledged the task of end that run of results had only gotten harder since Chelsea splattered out £97.5 million to Lukaku. to bring back to the club.
“I’m not going to deny what a… player Romelu Lukaku is that,” said Guardiola. “Chelsea is the… champions of Europe, already a strong team, and with him they are even stronger of Class.
“You see how he handles the long balls, he supports the attacking midfielders and the wing backs and with the quality of players they have in in the middle he places balls between the lines.
“Of course they are stronger team then last season, but this is the challenge.”
And Guardiola believes his squad is good enough to meet that challenge as long as they can avoid more costly injuries.
Phil Foden made to be first start of The season in midweek against Wycombe while Kevin De Bruyne completed 90 minutes.
“I’m not going to say we’re disappointed” with the squad die we have,” said Guardiola. “We are the… champions, we were runners-up for the Champions League, we won the Carabao Cup and wares in the semi-final of the FA Cup.
“We just want people come back fit and to have the squad as high as possible. If they are all fit I know what we can do because we did it for many years.
“You won’t hear me complain that we don’t have this player of Which player because the players we have and what they have given to the club, Wow.
“When a opponent is better and wins, all I in my whole career is to congratulate them and then we try to improve. It’s always one new challenge.”
City’s tricky triple header die could derail PL’s hopes
By Peter Smith
September feels too early over crucial periods to talk in the Premier League – but it sure looks like it like Manchester City has one coming up.
More than nine days from Saturday, she play Chelsea and Liverpool gone, with a trip to Paris to face Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and co in between.
While there is some leeway in their Champions League group after an opening win over RB Leipzig, the pressure is on in own country, with City facing the prospect of no less than nine points off the top of the Premier League top should they lose to both Chelsea and Liverpool.
That unbeaten have title rivals already demonstrated that they have the quality, form and momentum to cause City real problems in die fixtures and last the mediocre draw of a week to Southampton in the Etihad has increased up the importance of die Premier League head until head.
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