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Guardiola explains Aguero absence

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PEP TALK: The boss gets his message across early in the second half

Pep Guardiola revealed Sergio Aguero missed City’s victory over Bournemouth with a muscular problem.

The Argentine was a surprise omission from the squad but the Catalan boss explained he was not prepared to ‘risk’ the striker, ahead of a packed December schedule for the Blues.

“It is muscular disturbing,” he stated. “He is not completely fit.

“It was a little bit of a risk, the doctors and physios told me and we don’t want to take that risk.

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“There are a lot of games and we don’t want to take risks of injuries. One month or a month-and-a-half loss with nine or ten games is too much.

“I don’t know if Aguero will be fit (for the midweek game against Watford). We will see.

“You ask me why Sergio and David Silva don’t play and I’ll give you an argument for each one.

“(I base my decisions on) doctors, physios, instinct and what I see. There are many reasons.”

Reflecting on the triumph over the Cherries – City’s seventh in succession, gained with goals from Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Gundogan – Guardiola expressed his delight, dubbing the result (his 400th win as a manager) one of the most pleasing of the season.

“It was a good win,” he declared. “After the Champions League, it is always tough.

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“People think it’s easy for us but that is not the truth so I like to win in this way.

“We had a lack of rhythm in the first half. Bournemouth are so fast up front and so hard to play against. They put so many balls into the box – they are so strong.

“We were flat but after, we were more aggressive and we changed the game. I asked them for more at half-time but my speech was ridiculous because in the first five or ten minutes, it didn’t work – it was the same as the first half!

“Raheem Sterling changed the game and Leroy Sane was fantastic too. I don’t know what he ate but it will be on the menu for the next games!

“What we have done in the Premier League is incredible and it means a lot to me.

“It’s not one or two games – it’s every day, every day, every day. Maybe today, we didn’t make a good performance for 90 minutes but 75 was good.

It is a lesson we have to learn, how to win when we are tired. Maybe in the future, it is going to help us to do what we’re trying to do.

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“To become a good club, you have to win titles again and again. We have a lot of points in the league and we qualified in the Champions League with one game left.

 

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