Pep Guardiola pinpoints critical Man City weaknesses
Date published: Monday 21st October 2019 1:34
City face Atalanta in Group C of the Champions League at The Etihad on Tuesday and the Spaniard has been in awe of their opponents’ efforts in Italy this term.
Guardiola says he has been impressed with what he has seen of Atalanta, who are third in Serie A, and their manager Gian Piero Gasperini.
He said: “Having seen what Atalanta did last season and what they are doing this year is incredible. It is a great joy to watch his team play.”
He feels he is right to temper expectations.
“We’ve made mistakes we shouldn’t make at this level, for example in the match against Palace we created a lot of opportunities but scored very little, this is what I’m thinking.
“We’re good at defending and we need to score at the right moment.
“In this competition you have to be strong in the boxes and this season we’re not incredibly strong in the boxes. Tomorrow we have the chance to improve. We need six more points to qualify.
“In this match both teams are very brave and they will try to impose the game, we will have to adapt and they will do the same. I hope it will be an open match, both teams score and concede. I hope it will be a lively match.”
The City boss also said that defenders Kyle Walker and Nicolas Otamendi, who missed the trip to Palace through illness and injury respectively, were back in training.