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Pep Guardiola refuses to point blame at anyone as Manchester City endure worst start for 12 years


Pep Guardiola will NOT rush Sergio Aguero back into action in bid to end Manchester City’s barren run in front of goal as he backs struggling side to end their attacking woes

  • Manchester City have scored just 10 goals in eight league games this season 
  • They have 12 points – their lowest points tally since the 2008-09 campaign
  • The Citizens have lost all three of their matches at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium 

Pep Guardiola insists he will not rush Sergio Aguero back into first-team action despite Manchester City’s worrying form in front of goal. 

The Argentine was an unused substitute in the 2-0 loss to Tottenham on Saturday after returning from his latest injury. The result left City languishing in mid-table. 

They have scored just 10 goals in their opening eight league games, a poor return for a team with the attacking qualities of Guardiola’s men. Aguero’s return to fitness has been heralded as the solution to City’s troubles. 

Manchester City's 12 points so far this season is their worst start to a campaign for 12 years

Manchester City’s 12 points so far this season is their worst start to a campaign for 12 years

‘I’m not going to say we don’t need Sergio, we do need him,’ said Guardiola.

‘But Sergio, when he was 31 years old, was injured for five months with a difficult and dangerous injury. He came back, played 50-55 minutes and then got injured again. 

‘We want him and I want Sergio fit because I now discover how important he is for us.

Sergio Aguero was an unused substitute in Manchester City's 2-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur

Sergio Aguero was an unused substitute in Manchester City’s 2-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur

‘But we have to be careful so he doesn’t come back and get injured again. It is my responsibility as a manager to lift them and to give them as much as possible. 

‘I have never in 12 years pointed the finger at someone. Everyone is going to solve it (goalscoring problems). I would love to have Sergio back, but he will not solve all the situations. 

‘We’ve scored more than 100 goals in two seasons and 80-90 per cent of the players are the same, especially up front.’

Gabriel Jesus has only made three league appearances this season, scoring two goals

Gabriel Jesus has only made three league appearances this season, scoring two goals



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