Aguero will play a lot of games: Guardiola

Sep 9, 2017 - 1:26 AM Pep Guardiola insists Sergio Aguero will be a big part of his plans at Manchester City this season.

City manager Guardiola left Aguero out of his Premier League starting line-up at Bournemouth a fortnight ago, sparking yet another bout of speculation over the prolific Argentine's future.

Guardiola, who repeatedly dismissed any prospect of selling Aguero last season, is adamant nothing should be read into this.

"I've said many times, he's going to play a lot of games but sometimes he's not going to play," Guardiola said.

"I know it's something special for a player who's never been rotated and has always played with the previous managers, but in my case he's going to play like last season - a lot of games.

"I think he played, when fit, maybe 90 per cent of the games, especially in the important games.

"Maybe one day we decide we'll only play with one striker and sometimes with Gabriel (Jesus), and sometimes with two. Sometimes we'll play with neither.

"Maybe Sergio and Gabriel won't play and we'll play a false nine. It depends on my 'silly' decisions."

City will be without captain Vincent Kompany for Saturday's clash with Liverpool due to a calf injury.

After failing in deadline-day attempts to sign West Brom centre-back Jonny Evans, Kompany's injury brings the marginalised Eliaquim Mangala back into the reckoning.

"He's a real central defender and we are going to help him a little bit with the weakness in the build-up, to help him improve," Guardiola said.

"I told him he is part of the group and he has to win my confidence on the pitch."

Source: AAP






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