Manuel Pellegrini reluctant to address Manchester City’s striker shortage

As reported by Talksport, Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini was relatively coy on his club’s striker shortage when quizzed on the issue this afternoon.

The Chilean gaffer was speaking following his side’s 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace at the Etihad, and although it was a relatively comfortable win, he was forced to announce a starting line-up without a recognised striker.

With Premier League top scorer Sergio Aguero, who boasts 13 goals in just twelve starts this term, absent through a knee injury and Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic suffering from calf and hamstring problems respectively, James Milner started up front for the Citizens this afternoon, but failed to record a shot on target.

Pellegrini was pressed on whether or not he’ll look to strengthen his strike-force in January but offered no real reply, instead stating; ” At this moment we have to continue trying to play in the same way because in the next game probably we are not going to have any strikers so it’s important to continue working.

“For the moment we are just thinking to win the next game. We will see in the future what we’re going to do.

“We knew we had to play in a different way than we normally do because we don’t have strikers at this moment, but I thought we did a great job,” he continued.

“I’m very satisfied with the result, to have no strikers and still score three goals is not easy, especially against a team line against Crystal Palace who defend very well.”

They’re now level on points with Premier League leaders Chelsea, who face Stoke City on Monday evening.