Pep Guardiola: Man City need to improve attacking to have title hopes

Pep Guardiola: Man City need to improve attacking to have title hopes
From ESPN - August 12, 2017

BRIGHTON -- Pep Guardiola was relieved to avoid an opening day setback like defending champions Chelsea but insists Manchester City need to improve their attacking if they are to challenge for the title.

City kicked off the season with a 2-0 win at newly promoted Brighton but they were left frustrated when they could not find a breakthrough in the opening 70 minutes.

Sergio Aguero finally smashed City into the lead before they added a second when Brighton defender Lewis Dunk headed into his own net.

"Before the Sergio goal we had chances in the first half and the second half and in these sort of games when teams defend with 10 players, deeper, deeper it's so important to score the first goal," Guardiola told a news conference.

"After the first one it was a little bit easier but the first game is always a little bit complicated. We saw what happened in many [other] games. Especially with a newly promoted team when they have the passion, the fans and no pressure. It was difficult but we did it.

"We were stable, we concede just one shot after one corner and after that nothing happened. But we have to improve.

"We attacked too slowly we have to be a little bit quicker and a little bit more precise with more accuracy in our passes."

Guardiola started with a back-three and they were rarely troubled as City dominated possession with 78 percent of the ball.


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