Pep calm over striker shortage

16 August 2021 18:37:40 GMTPlus11
The departure of Sergio Aguero has left City short of strikers.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola said he was not worried about his options in the final third after his side fell to a 1-0 defeat to Tottenham in their Premier League opener.

Striker Harry Kane, heavily linked with a move to the Citizens, sat out the occasion in north London, but it didn't dampen Spurs' spirits as they handed the champions an opening-weekend defeat.

Guardiola's men are 10/11 to get their hands back on the trophy, while Spurs are out at 80/1 to win the Premier League for the first time.

We are good enough to create chances and score goals - we will do it.

Pep Guardiola

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Former Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo started his career at Spurs with three points, with Son Heung-Min scoring the only goal of the match in the 55th minute.

The South Korean raced on to a Steven Bergwijn pass before smashing the ball into the bottom corner beyond Ederson.

Guardiola's side failed to click in the final third, with new signing Jack Grealish unable to make an impact, while Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris had a quiet afternoon at the office, leaving many to question whether the Citizens have what they need in attack.

Jesus the only option

Gabriel Jesus is the only recognised striker in Guardiola's squad, but the Spaniard says there is no need to panic after one match, although the Citizens are believed to be still interested in Kane.

He told the club's official website: "We have the same players as last season. Sergio (Aguero) could only play several games. We have the same players.

"It's the same people as last season. It happened. We were there, we arrived many times, but we could not score. We are good enough to create chances and score goals - we will do it."

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