“We know we’re a team that scored a lot last season, but now we’re struggling. We have to find solutions. We have the players to find the right way to attack more fluently and I have a feeling we can score goals. The way we play is pretty good, I’m pretty happy. Sometimes we need clear chances to score.
“But as soon as we break one or two of those types of things, we’ll get better. The season is still young and I am completely optimistic that we are going to have a good season.
City lost 2-0 to Tottenham on Saturday, the second from a counterattack. The manager denied that opponents understood this to be a vulnerability.
Guardiola said: “They run [break] twice in 90 minutes. The second they were brilliant – the courage of Harry Kane [to drop deep and create]. They had four shots and two goals: congratulations.
“All the teams are defending deeply – except Liverpool, Chelsea – and you have to find a way to avoid it. This is not the big deal right now; it’s our fluidity to attack and create more chances. I need to know exactly what we need to do and how to help them do it.
In four attempts, Guardiola failed to take City past the Champions League quarter-finals. He denied guiding the club to a first European Cup triumph. “It’s not an obsession,” he says. “We want to do the best [we can]. “Only the injured Nathan Aké is unavailable.