Pep Guardiola claims Manchester City ‘couldn’t afford’ to signal a striker through the summer time switch window.
The Spaniard made the declare regardless of forking out a mixed £123million to usher in Ruben Dias, Nathan Ake and Ferran Torres.
The Residents are and not using a recognised, senior match striker with Sergio Aguero struggling a contemporary harm setback to hitch Gabriel Jesus on the sidelines.
Guardiola admits he had eyed a brand new frontman in the summertime switch window, however wouldn’t have been ready to usher in any of his potential targets on account of cash fears.
“We thought-about it, we considered one other sort of striker however we couldn’t,” he mentioned, forward of City’s Champions League conflict with Marseille on Tuesday evening – stay on talkSPORT.
“When you resolve to purchase a striker, it needs to be a striker within the league of Gabriel and Sergio, however we can’t afford it. That’s the actuality.
“We thought, ‘Okay, Sergio is again’ and we didn’t anticipate Gabriel to be injured, however typically it occurs.”
Aguero, City’s report goalscorer, suffered a muscular harm in Saturday’s recreation at West Ham.
The Argentinian was enjoying simply his third match since recovering from the knee operation he had in June.
He may now be out for a month, and appears unlikely to be obtainable for City’s conflict in opposition to champions Liverpool on November 8.
“It will depend on the harm,” Guardiola mentioned.
“When it’s minimal will probably be 10-15 days. Whether it is longer will probably be three weeks to a month. I don’t know.”
Man City even have Fernandinho, Benjamin Mendy and Nathan Ake crocked, whereas Aymeric Laporte and Kevin De Bruyne have struggled to remain slot in latest weeks.
Guardiola added: “We’re not an exception in comparison with the opposite groups in Europe. We’re on the identical schedule.
“Now it’s restoration, preparation, restoration and preparation, restoration and preparation.
“We don’t have time to practise a lot. Everybody has the statistics – within the Premier League, we’ve got 47 per cent extra muscular accidents than the identical interval final season.
“It’s not nearly City, it’s about everybody.
“If the folks can replicate on this and the blokes to guard the gamers will probably be good for the long run, if we don’t it is going to enhance.
“Now we’ve got to guard the gamers as finest as potential. The strongest ones will survive, the others will fall down.”