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Pep Guardiola has played down suggestions that Manchester City need to sign a new forward despite the club’s poor form in front of goal.
With just 18 goals so far, Guardiola’s team has scored the fewest goals at this stage of the season since the Spaniard took over in June 2016, and is currently ninth in the Premier League table after winning. just five of his first 12 games. .
Sergio Agüero’s injury problems have seen Gabriel Jesus called up to lead the Cityzens line, but he has failed to produce the kind of form that can see a step out of the Argentine’s shadow. City’s problems were further highlighted by a 1-1 draw with West Brom in the middle of the week, but Guardiola insists he does not delve into the transfer market to solve the problem.
“Absolutely not.” Guardiola told reporters at his last press conference, quoted by Manchester evening news [MEN]. “Sergio [Aguero] I couldn’t play much and Gabriel [Jesus] He has incredible numbers of minutes and goals since he arrived here, he is one of the best in history.
“We took 13 corners the last game so that everyone can score goals. The way we defend depends on the forwards and the same happens up front. The forwards have more responsibility but everyone is involved to try to win games.”
Under Guardiola, City have always maintained a goal tally of at least 27 goals at this stage of the season, but did not seem fazed by his return of goals when pressed further for any concerns.
“Insist and insist and insist. If 25 shots are not enough, create more. The only thing is to insist, be positive and one day it will break,” he added.
“Be aggressive, put more players there and when we can score goals and win games confidence will return but the reality is to compare the 40 goals we scored in the year we won the first PL, 36 the following year and 35 the year after. This year We are 18, so in the previous seasons we were very good and we have to score more. “
Next up for City is a trip to Southampton, which is currently third in the Premier League table after enjoying a sensational start to the season with Ralph Hasenhuttl.