Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has no intention of using the transfer market to find solutions to the English club’s offensive problem, something that has become one of the greatest challenges of his coaching career.
City have only scored 18 goals in their first 12 Premier League games, a huge decline compared to their performance in the last three seasons, when Guardiola’s pupils totaled 40, 36 and 35 goals, respectively, at this stage of the game. bullfighting.
City finished as the Premier League goalscorer in each of those three seasons – scoring more than 100 goals in two of them – and both Barcelona and Bayern Munich also posted staggering numbers in attack with Guardiola as their helmsman.
Argentine striker Sergio Agüero has started just three games in all competitions due to various injuries, while his substitute, Brazilian Gabriel Jesus, has not scored since November 8. – a seven-game drought in which they have even faced some of the weaker clubs in the Premier, such as Burnley, Fulham and West Bromwich Albion.
However, Guardiola refuses to believe that the fault lies only with his two forwards and will try to increase the number of goals based on hard work in training instead of looking for new players in the transfer market.
“Absolutely not,” replied the Spanish coach when asked if he ever considered acquiring another player, perhaps in January.
“Of our last 32 games, Sergio could hardly play four or five,” he stressed. “And Gabriel has incredible numbers – we have statistics in minutes and goals in the Premier League since he joined us, and he is one of the best. So he is a boy who scores goals ”.
Guardiola has asked the rest of the team to start intervening on offense, specifically free-throw catchers and central defenders who participate in set plays. Guardiola is likely to still have in mind Tuesday’s dull 1-1 draw with West Brom, in which header shots by Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Gundogan near the end and at close range went straight to the keeper’s hands.
“It doesn’t depend on a specific player, everyone can score,” Guardiola added. “It depends on the mentality and the desire to score goals, not just one or two players.”
Guardiola’s biggest tactical challenge this season has been modifying the midfield after the departure of David Silva, who used to share point guard duties with Kevin De Bruyne.