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Pep Guardiola pinpoints critical Man City weaknesses


Date published: Monday 21st October 2019 1:34

Pep Guardiola has tempered talk of Manchester City winning the Champions League and says his side’s weakness is in both boxes.

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.”

Asked about winning the Champions League, Guardiola said after his side’s victory at Crystal Palace that they were not yet ready to win the Champions League.

He feels he is right to temper expectations.

 

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“I’m very confident, I have full trust in my team but there’s a lot of strong teams. The Champions League will be won in the box and so far we’ve not been very strong in the box,” said Guardiola.

“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.

 









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