Monday 23 April 2018

Pep Guardiola thinks Sergio Aguero can contribute even more to Manchester City

Sergio Aguero, pictured, scored twice - but Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola wants even more from his premier frontman
Sergio Aguero, pictured, scored twice - but Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola wants even more from his premier frontman

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has revealed that he wants to make star striker Sergio Aguero a better player after the Argentinian returned from suspension with two goals in a 3-1 victory over Swansea.

City made it a perfect six Premier League wins from six under Guardiola after Aguero scored in each half - including a 65th-minute penalty after Michael van der Hoorn brought down Kevin de Bruyne.

But Guardiola's team were made to work hard for their win, and they could not relax until Raheem Sterling wrapped it up 13 minutes from time.

City remain top of the table, although it did not prove a trouble-free 90 minutes as De Bruyne picked up an injury that could make him a doubt for Wednesday's Champions League clash at Celtic.

"Congratulations to him (Aguero), especially for his first goal," Guardiola said. "I am so happy for him, but he knows I want more.

"He can play better, he can make other things that are going to help us.

"In the box, he is going to help us a lot. His first control for the opening goal was outstanding, but I want to help him be a better player."

Asked about De Bruyne's situation, Guardiola added: "I think he is injured. We go back to Manchester tonight, and he will be seen by a doctor tomorrow.

"The way he reacted, it looked like muscular, but I am not a doctor, fortunately.

"It is not easy to play twice in four days against the same team (City beat Swansea in the EFL Cup on Wednesday). They started really well.

"We didn't create too many chances early in the game, then (Fernando) Llorente scored a fantastic goal. We attacked their central defenders, but we missed the last pass many times.

"Now, we have two games before a break. We go into the Champions League and then we go to White Hart Lane to play one of the best teams (Spurs) in the last two years to see our level there."

Llorente cancelled out Aguero's ninth-minute opener and although Swansea have now gone four games without a league win, under-pressure boss Francesco Guidolin could take some satisfaction from seeing his side produce their best performance of a testing campaign.

City, though, march on, with Guardiola equalling Carlo Ancelotti's Chelsea record for six successive victories at the start of a Premier League campaign.

Speculation continues to rage about Guidolin's future, but he straight-batted post-match questions.

"I don't know what the owner and chairman are thinking, but it is not important," he said. "Instead, it is important to work with my players and have a good relationship with them.

"I have not spoken to the chairman. But this is my job. I do not feel under pressure.

"The performance was perfect, in my opinion, (at) the same level of Manchester City, who are the best team in the Premier League. I am proud of my players.

"Before the penalty, we had the chance to score and we deserved to score. It was a good game and now there is disappointment in my team, but if we play like this in the future then it will be a good future for us."

Asked about the penalty, Guidolin added: "I am not a judge. There is the referee and he is the judge. I watched the television and I have my opinion, but this is not important.

"In this period, the fixtures are not easy. We are not in a good moment for results. Sometimes results and performances - like Southampton (Swansea lost 1-0) - are not good. But I have seen my team grow up."

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