Pep Guardiola does not know when Sergio Aguero will return

Apr 14, 2018, 13:50
Pep Guardiola does not know when Sergio Aguero will return

Guardiola said: "They are human beings and they are disappointed because they gave it everything but we have to stand up". City are 13 points clear of United with six games left - two...

Aguero had been out for a month prior to last week's Manchester derby, in which he emerged from the bench and appeared to be fouled by Manchester United's Ashley Young late on - only for referee Martin Atkinson to wave away penalty appeals.

City are at Tottenham Hotspur for Saturday's late game but Guardiola revealed Agüero will not feature against Mauricio Pochettino's side, with doubts over when he will return. Now 13 points clear at the top of the table with six games to go, Guardiola is nearly certain to add his first Premier League title to the League Cup for this season's trophy haul.

"Sergio Aguero is injured, Benjamin Mendy is out, John Stones is not ready and Fernandinho is suspended", Guardiola said in his press conference on Friday.

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"Now we have in front of us the most important title of the season by far and we need five points in six games".

'Everything can happen. People say we are already champions but we've lost three in a row and we can lose again.

Manchester United fans may still be on a high after last Sunday's second-half comeback to spoil Man City's title celebrations at the Etihad. "Football is full of emotions but what we have to try to do is focus and win our games". The players know that, I don't need to tell them. Of course it can happen - in football, in sports. "We handled the pressure - the good, the bad situations - the whole season".

"Dealing with the end of season pressure is good for our future".

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'It would be better but I am who I am, ' said Guardiola. If we lose it will be in the same way we tried to play against United and Liverpool.

That could very well happen this season, of course, with an FA Cup semi final clash with Manchester United to look forward to, but the only thing on the Tottenham players' minds' at the moment will be their clash with City in the Premier League tomorrow.

City were 4-1 winners when the sides last met back in December, and although fourth-placed Spurs are the form team heading into this one, you have to go all the way back to August 2006 to find the last time the Citizens suffered four consecutive losses. We have six games.

"When the opponent is good, we will congratulate our opponents on beating us, and after learn from that for the next game".

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But City have injury problems, not least with leading scorer Aguero out, according to Guardiola.