Guardiola Takes Blame For Man City Dip In Attack

By Chimezie Nebolisa

Manchester Ciyt manager, Pep Guardiola accepted the blame for Manchester City’s recent downturn in form.

The Premier League champions are eight points behind Arsenal at the top of the Premier League after winning just one of their last three games in the competition.

City managed just one shot on target across the games against Southampton and United while Haaland, scorer of 27 goals already this season, has not found the net in his last three outings.

Speaking in a press conference, Guardiola said: “We have our game, we have our principles (but) the way we played in last two games didn’t help Erling to score. We have too many players outside and too few inside. Without players inside you cannot defend and you cannot play good, especially in the final third. In the build-up you can be wider, but in the final third you have to have players in the middle. If Erling is not there we are not going to score goals.”

“In the past we have always had incredible movements in the final third, in the small spaces. Now, in the last two games, we haven’t had it. I would say it was my fault. I didn’t make them understand the way we have to attack. We need runners, not just Erling. If we had just Erling he would be controlled by two or three central defenders. We need more players in those positions, definitely. We have done it. We have to do it more often,” he added.