Guardiola backs Grealish to score goals for Man City


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London (AFP) – Pep Guardiola has backed Jack Grealish to end his scoring drought as Manchester City’s signing record struggles to justify his £ 100million ($ 132million).

Grealish has only scored two goals for City since his record-breaking British move from Aston Villa.

The 26-year-old last scored in September in City’s Champions League victory over Leipzig, with his only Premier League goal for the Champions in August against Norwich.

Grealish couldn’t emulate his eye-catching Villa in a City shirt and he missed a golden opportunity to get back on the scoresheet in Saturday’s win over Wolves.

But City manager Guardiola has no doubts the England midfielder can cope with the barren 13-game streak and will eventually start shooting again.

“He has to do exactly what he is doing, no more. The rest will come,” Guardiola told reporters on Monday.

“He’s got a chance to score two or three goals in every game and he will someday. He could have scored a hat-trick against Watford and in the last game a goal or two again.

“The way he’s playing is good but when you play against a fantastic team like Wolves, who are incredibly well organized defensively, it’s a nice compliment to them that breaking their structure is so complicated. It was difficult. for all players, not just Jack.

“Never in my career have I found a season where every player stays, from start to finish, in great shape. There are ups and downs.

“But he doesn’t have to score. What he has to do is play like he knows what to do, feel that his contribution helps to win games and the rest will come.”

Premier League leaders City Leeds and Guardiola admitted on Tuesday his side will have to suffer to survive Marcelo Bielsa’s quick tactics.

Leeds took four points from City last season and Guardiola is expecting another tough night.

“Leeds are one of our toughest opponents. They play in a unique and special way and we only play this unique way twice a year,” he said.

“We have to adjust some things because it’s different from other opponents. We’re not very used to these kinds of games.

“There isn’t a single game where they don’t create more chances than the opponents. It’s the type of game where we know we will have to suffer. We have to try to adapt and impose what we do. we want to do. “


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