The Sky Blues boss suggests that the strength of his team lies in collective effort rather than individual brilliance.
Pep Guardiola admits Manchester City don’t have a “player who is capable to win a game all on his own” like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe or Neymar.
Man City have one of the most talented squads in all of Europe with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero, Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden, Ruben Dias in it. However, they do not possess a true match-winning star.
“We maybe don’t have a single player who is capable to win a game all on his own like Messi, Ronaldo, Mbappe or Neymar,” Guardiola told Canal Plus. “But the average level of my players is so high that no replacement throws the team off balance.
De Bruyne produced another fine performance as Man City beat Tottenham 1-0 to lift the Carabao Cup. The Belgian midfielder took his assist tally for the season to 17, in addition to eight goals, by setting up Aymeric Laporte for the winner.
“When people ask me to speak about players, about their qualities, I always respond with the same thing: you just have to watch,” Guardiola added.
“Turn your TV on and enjoy. Kevin, he is like a knife, we say in Spanish. When he decides to go for it, he sees passes and the game.”