Kevin de Bruyne has stated it has been difficult to find consistency in attack due to Manchester City’s injury problems so far this season.

City suffered a 2-0 defeat to Tottenham on Saturday, their second defeat of the season, and fired a blank against Jose Mourinho’s side.

Pep Guardiola’s side have uncharacteristically struggled to find their rhythm in the final third, with the usually free-scoring attack being shackled.

Injury issues have taken their toll, with Sergio Aguero making his return to the squad against Spurs after a four-match absence but not being introduced, while Raheem Sterling was only fit enough to come off the bench.

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Those issues have taken their toll on the fluency of City’s attack though, De Bruyne admits, but he’s hopeful that will change in the near future.

“I think we played well but we missed that cutting edge. To keep Tottenham to three or four chances is quite good but obviously, if you’re not sharp enough in front of goal, which is what is happening lately, then it’s tough,” he told Sky Sports.

“It’s been up and down with the players coming in then going out. It’s very difficult for players to be coming back from injury, to be sharp directly, so it’s been a lot of changes with people in and out.

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“It’s difficult to find consistency. The first two-thirds of the pitch we are playing really well but the end needs to be sharper. But that will come and hopefully, it will be sooner than later.”

City have now failed to score more than one goal in each of their last six Premier League matches, while the loss at Spurs was the first game this term where they have not found the net.

Those issues have not been present in the Champions League, however, where City have scored nine goals in their three matches so far.

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