Pep Guardiola admits the lack of no.9 may hurt City
Pep Guardiola has stated that City’s failure to land Harry Kane or a no.9 for that matter has left his team lacking the same goal threat as their rival teams in the league.
Pep Guardiola has admitted Manchester City’s failure to land an n0.9 could hurt the team in the Premier League. Manchester City was heavily linked with Harry Kane this summer.
City came up short in their bid to sign Harry Kane as Tottenham stood firm despite the player’s desire to leave. Meanwhile, Saturday’s opponents Chelsea signed Romelu Lukaku to strengthen their title pursuit and Manchester United bought Cristiano Ronaldo whilst still having Edinson Cavani.
Manchester City managed to win the league relatively comfortably last term. They achieved the feat despite Aguero missing the majority of the campaign through injury. City broke the bank to sign Jack Grealish for £100m however, Guardiola knows a true No.9 would have added a different dimension.
Pep Guardiola on Strikers
He says a striker is a specialist in their own way.
Pep Guardiola in the press conference said,
“A striker is a striker – they live a little outside the bubble, along with the goalkeepers they are the most specialized players.
Pep Guardiola on Sergio Aguero
He also added how having Sergio Aguero was a blessing even though he had an injury-ridden campaign last season.
“These are the most difficult players to get. City was privileged to have Sergio for so many years but unfortunately the last year he had bad injuries.
We survived without him in a way, but when we played with him we had something extra. We have exceptional players but we don’t have this weapon that other teams like United or Chelsea or Tottenham have.”
He also said that the team should cover for the lack of a no.9 by chipping in with goals from everywhere.
“We have to use what we can as a team. We do not have a player who can score 25 goals for himself so we have to do it as a team, and that is what we will try this season.”