Pep Guardiola backs Manchester City bosses despite missing out on Harry Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo as he insists they did an ‘incredible job’ signing Ferran Torres last summer
- Pep Guardiola backed Man City’s board despite missing out on transfer targets
- The City boss was unable to sign forwards Harry Kane or Cristiano Ronaldo
- But he insisted the club did an incredible job to sign Ferran Torres last summer
- Torres scored twice as City thrasehd Arsenal 5-0 at the Etihad on Saturday
Pep Guardiola leapt to the defence of his bosses at Manchester City despite the club missing out on Harry Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo in the transfer window.
And signfiicantly the City manager credited them for signing Ferran Torres who scored twice in a 5-0 win against Arsenal to underline his credentials as the team’s main centre-forward this season.
Guardiola acted quickly to absolve chief executive Ferran Soriano and chief executive Txiki Begiristain from blame even though they were unable to lure Kane from Tottenham and Ronaldo chose to join Manchester United.
Pep Guardiola leapt to the defence of his bosses at Manchester City despite missing out on transfer targets
City wanted to sign both Harry Kane (left) and Cristiano Ronaldo (right) this summer
‘I can only say thank you to Ferran, Txiki an all the people in the scouting department. They know I never ask for one player. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn’t. This squad is really good.
‘We scored five so people will say we don’t need a striker but there will be times during the season and people say we do need one!’
Torres, signed for a bargain £21milion from Valencia last year, is currently relishing the striker’s role and Guardiola thinks the Spaniard will contribute for the rest of the season with the champions unlikely to add any more recruits up front before Tuesday’s window closes.
Guardiola praised chief executive Ferran Soriano (left) and chief executive Txiki Begiristain (right)
‘The way Ferran makes movements in behind defenders is like the best strikers,’ said Guaridola. ‘It is like Jamie Vardy, these types. He is a good finisher and so young.
‘I think Tixi did an incredible job getting him with a nice price because we are incredibly pleased with work ethic and movement apart from the goals he scored.’
Before the game, Guardiola was asked if he felt frustrated by the club’s failure to land Kane or Ronaldo.
‘I would say frustrated is not the right word,’ he told BT Sport.
‘We have an exceptional squad. I say thank you all the time since I arrived to the club, for the organisation for the best players as possible to compete.
‘So at all we are not frustrated. It is good that a player like Cristiano Ronaldo is back in England, for the Premier League it is good news.’
Despite outside gloom and doom last week, Guardiola did sign Jack Grealish in this window and still have Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden to come back from injuries. Raheem Sterling and Riyad Marhez were substitutes on Saturday.
He said the club did an incredible job to sign Ferran Torres from Valencia last summer
‘You can not imagine how important they all are. Bernardo Silva, what a player. When we won the league with 98 points, he was the best in the Premier League.’
Guardiola tried to ease the pressure on his friend Mikel Arteta after the thumping.
‘We had seven days to prepare, Arsenal had three days,’ he said, referring to The Gunners playing in the Carabao Cup.
‘We scored the first goal without really deserving it. We didn’t start with any personality. But after 2-0 and the sending off for Xhaka, the game was completely different.
‘It was a beautiful day, the atmosphere was great, when we made it 3-0, it was easier for us, tougher for the opponent.’
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