‘I’m not going to deny’ — Guardiola makes admission about Lukaku

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been speaking about Romelu Lukaku ahead his side’s trip to London.

Lukaku doesn’t seem to be a Guardiola type of striker, but the former Barcelona manager has hailed the quality of the new Chelsea striker and has spoken at length of his strengths and his development over the years.

“I’m not going to deny what a player Romelu Lukaku is,” Guardiola said.

“He was in the Premier League, he made his first step at Chelsea and then especially at Everton he made a step forward under Ronald Koeman and after he went to United.

“At Inter Milan he took another step. Antonio Conte has the ability to improve every single player that works with him and he came back to the champions of Europe. The team was already so strong and with him is now stronger.

“How he plays with long balls, how he is supported by the attacking midfielders and wing-backs and with the quality of players they have in the middle to put the balls between the lines.

“It is a stronger team than last season but this is the challenge. I’m not going to say I’m sad or disappointed for the squad we have.”

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