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Sep 18, 2019, 6:40:00 PM

Pep Guardiola faces incredible challenge with City defence crisis

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is relishing the challenge of picking up points with just one fit central defender.

Aymeric Laporte is out for up to six months with a knee injury while John Stones injured himself in training before City’s first Champions League match of the season.

That leaves Guardiola with just one fit central defender to choose from – Nico Otamendi – who was at fault for a goal Norwich scored on Saturday in their 3-2 win over the Premier League champions.

Guardiola said: “It's a big challenge. For me as a manager it is an incredible challenge.

“We've got just one central defender in Nico - but I believe a lot in the something people don't know, which is the spirit and commitment.

“We have to get 11 players out and on the pitch and make an extra effort. I like having the chance to prove myself and show we are able to find a solution for the team, to make an incredible step forward and find a solution to this problem that we have.

“It's not a problem, it is a challenge. They will do it, no problem. My players are the best.

“Football is not how you handle the good situations, it is how you handle the bad ones,” he added.

Words: Jake Evans

Images: PA