News ID: 260564
Published: 0353 GMT October 21, 2019

Manchester City not ready to win Champions League, Guardiola says

Manchester City not ready to win Champions League, Guardiola says
ANDREW BOYERS/REUTERS

Manchester City will not win the Champions League this season unless it becomes more clinical in front of goal, manager Pep Guardiola said, after his team’s 2-0 Premier League away win at Crystal Palace over the weekend.

Gabriel Jesus and David Silva were both on target as City ran out comfortable winner at Selhurst Park on Saturday, allowing Guardiola’s second-placed team to close the gap to leader Liverpool to six points, Reuters reported.

Jesus’ goal against Palace was the Brazilian’s 50th for City but Guardiola pointed out that the 22-year-old had also missed several chances during the match.

“(Jesus) is so young,” Guardiola told reporters.

“We missed a lot of chances. We have to be clinical. When people talk about the Champions League being the target, we’re still not ready... we can still improve.”

City leads the league scoring charts with 29 goals this season, seven more than Liverpool, and despite his criticism, Guardiola said he was pleased with the forwards at his disposal.

Jesus was drafted into the starting lineup for the Palace game in place of Argentina international Sergio Aguero, who was involved in a minor car accident on his way to training on Wednesday.

“To compete with Sergio is maybe the most difficult thing... but Gabriel is so calm,” Guardiola added.

“Every training session he fights like an animal but he can improve.”

City is next in action in the Champions League, where it hosts Italy’s Atalanta today.

 

 

 

 

   
KeyWords
 
Comments
Comment
Name:
Email:
Comment:
Security Key:
Captcha refresh
Page Generated in 0/7649 sec