Pep Guardiola rues Man City transfer mistake in comparison to Chelsea and title rivals | Football | Sport


Pep Guardiola has admitted that Manchester City don’t have a “weapon” up front this season, unlike their Premier League title rivals. City failed to sign a striker in the summer transfer window to replace Sergio Aguero, who joined Barcelona after his contract expired.

Guardiola’s side spent the whole summer trying to sign Harry Kane from Tottenham, but the fact he had three years left on his contract meant chairman Daniel Levy was unwilling to sell.

City spent £100million to bring in Jack Grealish from Aston Villa, but have begun the 2021/22 season without a new centre-forward.

Guardiola has called upon Ferran Torres, Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling up front so far this campaign with some success.

However, the City boss is aware that he is without a typical centre-forward, like Tottenham have with Kane, Chelsea have with Romelu Lukaku and Manchester United do with Cristiano Ronaldo.

City will go head to head with Lukaku’s Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday and Guardiola was asked about the difference between the two sides ahead of the game.

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He will line up against Man City in Saturday’s 12.30pm at Stamford Bridge and Guardiola knows the challenge his side faces.

“I’m not going to deny what a player Romelu Lukaku is,” he said. “The team was already so strong and with him is now stronger.

“It is a stronger team than last season but this is the challenge. I’m not going to say I’m sad or disappointed for the squad we have.

“We are the champions, we are runners-up in the Champions League, we won the Carabao Cup and made the semi-final of the FA Cup.

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“When the squad will be fit, I know what we can do because we have done [it for] many years already.

“You will not hear me moaning for one single moment in this season complaining that we don’t have this player.

“We had the privilege to have Sergio for many years. Unfortunately for the last year and a half he was out with injuries and we could not use him much.

“We survived without him in a good way in the way we played. There are two options that we have right now: complaining or saying we have exceptional players.”

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