Coach Pep Guardiola can not hide his anxiety when City are having many problems this season.
Man City just had to accept a 0-2 defeat against Tottenham in the last match of the 9th Premier League round. This defeat caused coach Pep Guardiola’s team to drop to 13th place on the rankings with 12 points – the worst start of “The Citizens” in the past 12 years.
One of the problems that Man City is facing is the attack line. After the opening 8 matches, Manchester City’s green half has only scored 10 goals, which is equal to the number of goals scored by striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin – who is leading the race of top scorer this season. This is unacceptable for a team led by an attacking coach like Pep Guardiola.
The good news for Man City is that Sergio Aguero has completely recovered from injury. The Argentine striker was on the list to register for the 0-2 defeat to Tottenham but was not allowed to play. Coach Pep Guardiola insisted that he would not be in a hurry to use the 32-year-old despite the club’s ineffective attack.
The 49-year-old strategist said: “We need Aguero. But he, at the age of 32, had to sit out for five months because of a very complicated and dangerous injury. I couldn’t let him come back and play for 50 or 55 minutes and then get injured again.
I want Aguero healthy because I know what he’s done in the Premier League – he’s very important to us. But we have to be careful and make sure he won’t come back and get injured. We must see the right moment to bring him back. Hopefully, Aguero can return and play regularly”.
The last match against Tottenham also marks the start of the Man City marathon when they will have to play 3 matches a week from now until Christmas. Commenting on the upcoming tight schedule, coach Pep Guardiola admitted there was not much time to prepare different options.
“It is not possible. But all clubs are the same. It is not an advantage or a disadvantage, it is not possible. There is no time,” admitted the Spaniard.