Pep Guardiola has insisted that he is to blame for Manchester City’s struggles in front of goal this season, in what’s been an indifferent start to the season for the club.
After falling way short in the title race last season, many expected City to be right in the mix this term, particularly with champions Liverpool having lost key man Virgil Van Dijk to injury.
Despite their injury problems, however, the Reds have kicked on, while City have been left in the bottom-half of the table after some unusually tepid performances.
Their most recent encounter saw them undone by a Jose Mourinho-led Tottenham Hotspur side, with goals from Heung-Min Son and Giovani Lo Celso condemning Guardiola’s side to their second defeat of the season.
That loss saw City once again fall short in attack and – despite having a goal controversially disallowed for handball – the away side failed to truly trouble the Spurs backline.
At present, City have netted 12 fewer goals than top scorers Chelsea in the Premier League and boss Guardiola has insisted that the blame for their shortcomings in attack should fall on him, as he seeks to find a way to get them back to their free-flowing best.
“The reason why is the manager,” Guardiola said at his pre-match press conference.
“I have to find a way. I have to find a way to adapt the qualities that we have, because the same players in different seasons can make different movements and can be in better form or not better form.
“I have to adjust something, to let them feel we can create more chances. It’s in my hands to help them.
“When I see the teams in the games, how they try and they suffer and they do it, that’s when I’m at my happiest I can feel as a manager.
“They want to do it and I have to find a way to help them be what we were in the previous seasons. Even when we struggle, we have to find a way. We have enough players to score and we are going to do it.”