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Pep Guardiola's sarcastic response when asked if Man City have solved their striker problem
24/10/2021 10:22:51

Pep Guardiola refused to answer a question about Manchester City's failure to buy a striker this summer after seeing his side produce a fine attacking display at Brighton.


City were relentless in the first half at Brighton, scoring three in the opening period and having 14 attempts on goal overall before the break. The Blues added another nine attempts in the second half, running out 4-1 winners, and have 20 goals in the Premier League this season.


Only Chelsea and Liverpool have scored more - with seven of Chelsea's coming against a hapless Norwich on Saturday. In all competitions, City have scored 37 goals this season, despite having no recognised striker after failing to sign Harry Kane in the summer.


So after weeks of questions over how City plan to manage without a striker, it was perhaps inevitable that Guardiola would be asked if their goalscoring record is proving that they didn't need one after all.


That was exactly the question that came in Guardiola's post-match interview with Sky Sports after the Brighton win, and the manager gave a mischievous answer in response.


Speaking with a smile, he said: "Sky, I want to tell you something.


"One day we'll lose and you'll ask me do you need a striker. I bet you whatever you want. I don't buy this question."


Guardiola was in a good mood in his interview, and he praised City's victory and overall performance, despite a lower-energy second half.


He said: "It was really good, we know exactly which team we faced not just for the results but the way the play is similar to last season, this season they are more effective.


"A good lesson for half an hour in the second half, they were better than us because this game must be played with the ball, when you don't have it anything can happen. We suffer, maybe it will be good for us. It doesn't matter the circumstances, we have to play.


"The first half, first five mins of second and last five minutes is what we have done. Middle of the second half they were better, they changed their setup, play with a diamond and we didn't adjust as much as possible. a huge victory for us, this is a stadium and the way they pay is a big compliment for the team."

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