Pep Guardiola says Manchester City are missing a ‘weapon’ in goal after missing Harry Kane.
While Manchester United signed Cristiano Ronaldo and Chelsea landed Romelu Lukaku during the summer transfer window, Kane remained at Tottenham Hotspur rather than moving to the Etihad Stadium.
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City will face Chelsea and Lukaku at Stamford Bridge on Saturday in the sides’ first meeting since the Champions League final.
“We don’t have that weapon that other teams like Chelsea, United or Tottenham or other teams, so we have to use what we can do as a team,” Guardiola said at a press conference on Friday. « We don’t have a player [who can] score 25 league goals for himself, so we have to do it as a team. That’s what we’re going to try this season. «
Chelsea finished 19 points behind City last season, but Guardiola believes Lukaku can help Thomas Tuchel make up the difference. But despite Kane’s absence and Sergio Aguero’s loss to Barcelona on a free transfer, Guardiola insists City are still capable of reclaiming the Premier League title.
“I’m not going to deny what a Romelu Lukaku player is,” Guardiola said. “The team was already so strong and with him is now stronger. It’s a stronger team than last season but that’s the challenge. I’m not going to say I’m sad or disappointed for the team we have.
“We are the champions, we are Champions League finalists, we won the Carabao Cup and made the semi-final of the FA Cup. When the team is in good shape I know what we can do because we have done it. [it for] several years already.
“You won’t hear me whine for a single moment this season complaining that we don’t have this player.
“We have had the privilege of having Sergio for many years. Unfortunately, for a year and a half he had been injured and we couldn’t use much. We have survived well without him in the way we play. There are two options that we have at the moment: to complain or to say that we have exceptional players. «