Pep Guardiola said he was happy with the strength of his Manchester City squad even if no new striker arrives before the transfer window is up.
City are still chasing a deal for Harry Kane despite time running out to convince Tottenham to approve a departure before the August 31st deadline.
Guardiola’s side suffered two 1-0 defeats in August – to Leicester and Tottenham – but the City manager said he was happy with the players he already had at his disposal.
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“Absolutely, more than happy [with the team]“He said at a press conference on Friday. “It’s the same team except Sergio [Aguero] for Jack Grealish we had last season. “
With City struggling to win Kane – Tottenham are looking for more than £ 150m – the club have been linked to a fall for Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.
Guardiola worked with Lewandowski at FC Bayern, but wanted to downplay the chances of seeing them again at the Etihad Stadium
Pep Guardiola is happy with the team that is available to him. Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP via Getty Images
“Lewy is such an important player for Bayern Munich and he will stay at Bayern Munich,” said Guardiola. “I will not speak to you or your colleagues [in the media] about 11 days left on the transfer market. I don’t know what’s going to happen. “
After starting the Premier League season with a loss at Tottenham, City has a chance at Etihad on Saturday to get back on track against newly promoted Norwich.
“We have 111 points to play so we have 37 games to play so I can’t deny that we’d prefer three points, but we have a chance to win the top three.” [against Norwich]“Added Guardiola.
“The second game, a lot of games and a lot of things that will happen this season. I would like to see the team better in many ways than I did against the Spurs.”