Pep Guardiola previews Manchester City's clash with Club Brugge
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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has refused to reveal whether he tried to sign Cristiano Ronaldo this summer. Ronaldo instead joined Manchester United for a second time after leaving Juventus.
Guardiola is preparing to take his side across the city to face the Red Devils in the Premier League on Saturday.
The Citizens are currently five points behind league leaders Chelsea and know defeat at Old Trafford could see them cut adrift in the race to land the title.
Ahead of the clash, Guardiola was asked whether he attempted to take Ronaldo to the Etihad Stadium before the transfer window closed in August.
But the City manager wasn’t in the mood to share that information.
“Normally I don’t talk about players for other clubs,” came Guardiola’s reply. “I’m sure Ronaldo is happy at United.”
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Ronaldo has scored nine goals in 12 games since arriving at United for his second stint and notched a brace in midweek against Atalanta as his stoppage-time effort at the end of the match rescued a point in the Champions League.
He is proving to be a consistent source of goals once again for United, although the forward has come in for criticism from a number of fans due to his moody demeanour when things haven’t gone his way.
But Ronaldo will be looking to silence his detractors against City and get on the scoresheet for a third consecutive time.
The forward’s final goal for the Red Devils before he left for Real Madrid in 2009 came against Man City and he will be looking to pick up from where he left off on Saturday.
City lost Sergio Aguero at the end of last season after the Argentina forward left the club at the end of his contract before signing for Barcelona.
The Citizens don’t have a recognised striker this season, with midfielder Phil Foden leading the line in recent weeks.
But Guardiola insists he is not worried by his lack of a natural frontman.
“Just trust a bit – how many goals we scored last year without a striker because Sergio was injured,” continued the former Barcelona manager.
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“Maybe in the future we will buy a proper striker – a number nine who will score goals, who knows.
“We are who we are, we move forward in this sense – I spoke many times.
“We wanted to do it but could not do it – we have enough players.”
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