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Pep Guardiola consoles Bristol City boss after Aguero's late winner

Published in England Premier League
Wednesday, 10 January 2018 09:58

Bristol City suffered stoppage-time heartbreak in their League Cup semi-final at Manchester City on Tuesday but played better than most Premier League teams that visit the Etihad Stadium, according the home side's manager Pep Guardiola.

The second-tier visitors had taken the lead with a penalty before the break in the first leg clash and then held on for dear life after Kevin De Bruyne levelled for the hosts.
Yet Sergio Aguero's last-gasp goal gave City a 2-1 advantage heading into the return game in two weeks' time.

The late strike was a gut-wrenching blow for visiting manager Lee Johnson, whose team had already dumped four top flight sides out of the competition, but his opposite number in the dugout had words of consolation at full time.

"Pep Guardiola said to me that we played better than most of the Premier League teams that come to Man City," Johnson told Sky Sports.

"We'll take an awful lot from it and learn a lot. It is not over. It will be an interesting game at Ashton Gate.

"The away goal was very important. We tried to score and certainly didn't park the bus. The lads have to go home and think we can kick on form this performance."
Manchester City, who are unbeaten and 15 points clear in the Premier League, fell behind when defender John Stones dived into a rash challenge on Bobby Reid, who dispatched the penalty.

The visitors' lead lasted until the 55th minute but after De Bruyne's leveller it was one-way traffic as they defended bravely in the face of a City onslaught.

"My players were fantastic because in football you can win, you can lose, but we try until the end," Guardiola said. "We win many games in the last minutes because we don't give up. A semi-final is always complicated.

"I said congratulations to Lee Johnson on full time. They are a fantastic team for many reasons. They can play, they are fast, they know exactly what to do. It will be tough in Bristol."

Sergio Aguero double keeps Manchester City's quadruple hopes alive

Published in Football
Sunday, 07 January 2018 09:37

Manchester City kept alive their chances of winning four trophies this season, coming back from a goal down to beat Burnley 4-1 in the FA Cup third round on Saturday with two goals from Sergio Aguero.

The runaway Premier League leaders, who are also in the last-16 of the Champions League and semi-finals of the English League Cup, fielded a strong side but struggled initially to impose their will on Sean Dyche's side.
The runaway Premier League leaders, who are also in the last 16 of the Champions League and the English League Cup semi-finals, fielded a strong side but struggled initially to impose their will on Sean Dyche's side.

They ran away with the game in the second half, however, showing the attacking flair that makes talk of a quadruple more than mere speculation.

Burnley, seventh in the Premier League, grabbed a 25th- minute lead when City defender John Stones mis-kicked a Sam Vokes knockdown and Ashley Barnes and the striker burst goalwards before blasting the ball past Claudio Bravo.

Disciplined defending from the Clarets frustrated City who were able to create little in the first half but a lapse in concentration 11 minutes after the break allowed Pep Guardiola's side back into the game.
Ilkay Gundogan took a quick free kick to Aguero, catching the Burnley defence off-guard and the Argentine gleefully fired past Nick Pope.

Two minutes later and the same combination put City ahead when Aguero played a neat one-two with the German, collecting his clever back-heel and rounding Pope before slotting into the empty net.

"Both of Sergio Aguero's goals were amazing, there were clever and quick and I am happy with both of his goals," Guardiola told reporters.

"It's an honour for me to have Aguero under my command. The quality he has is amazing and we need him to score a lot of goals. Aguero is the kind of player that in a matter of seconds can score two goals. He is an essential player for us," added the Spaniard.
The gulf in quality became increasingly evident and Leroy Sane made it 3-1 in the 71st minute, collecting a David Silva through ball, evading Ben Mee and driving into the bottom corner.

Guardiola brought on Kevin De Bruyne and he created the fourth goal with a sweeping pass out wide towards Sane which prompted Pope to race out of his area. Fatally, the Burnley keeper hestitated, allowing Sane to waltz past him and set up Bernardo Silva for a simple finish.

"It is about that constant concentration and focus," said Dyche, reflecting on the two goals in two minutes and what his team need to learn.

"You can't let teams score again so quickly, it's about sticking in there and keeping that focus".

Aguero will be out for six weeks, claims Argentina team doctor

Published in England Premier League
Wednesday, 04 October 2017 07:36

Sergio Aguero will be sidelined for six weeks as a result of the injuries he suffered in a car crash in Amsterdam, according to Argentina national team doctor Donato Villani.

Sergio Aguero will be sidelined for six weeks as a result of the injuries he suffered in a car crash in Amsterdam, according to Argentina national team doctor Donato Villani.

It had been thought the prolific Manchester City forward would be out for between two and four weeks after breaking a rib in the road accident last Thursday.

That would have ruled the 29-year-old out of Argentina's final two World Cup qualifiers against Peru and Ecuador, but could have seen him in contention for City's Premier League match at home to Stoke on October 14.

However, Villani has suggested Aguero is likely to be out for longer than expected.
He told " He's feeling very bad because he was really looking forward to coming to play and this incident, which had nothing to do with him, left him out of the two games.

"He's going to be off the pitch for a month and a half.

"He can't move in his house, nor get in and out of the car. He seemed very down to me because we wanted to be here."

A six-week lay-off would rule Aguero out of both of City's Champions League group games against Napoli, as well as four more Premier League games, including the home clash with Arsenal on November 5.

Aguero, who was in Amsterdam for a music concert performed by Colombian singer Maluma, suffered the injury when the taxi he was travelling back to the airport in crashed into a pole at 11pm.

He admitted afterwards his injuries could have been more severe, saying the "seatbelts prevented it from being worse".

Aguero had been on a day off and City boss Pep Guardiola insisted he had nothing to apologise for.

Sergio Aguero 'out for four weeks' with rib crack, Mendy ruled out until Champions League semis

Published in England Premier League
Saturday, 30 September 2017 08:41

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has confirmed that he has cracked a rib, with manager Pep Guardiola ruling him out of the Chelsea match at the weekend and the upcoming Argentina games.

Aguero was involved in a car crash on Thursday evening after he spent his day off in Amsterdam watching a concert.

Speaking on Radio Metro, Aguero said: "The taxi driver didn't see the curve and skidded. When we skidded, we hit the post.
“I have broken a rib. It hurts a lot. I'll be out for a while."
Aguero later posted on Twitter, saying: "Thank you with all my heart for the supportive messages, they really do help me in recovering.

"The taxi I was riding made a wrong turn and crashed against a pole. It was a very heavy slam but seatbelts prevented it from being worse.
"I'd like to thank the staff of the VU University Medical Amsterdam for their care and support. Hats off to all their team.

"I'm home in Manchester after an exam by club Drs. It's a broken rib. Hurts, but I'm fine, fully focused on recovery. Thank you all!"
Reports late on Friday claim City are hoping the striker will only be out for four weeks, meaning he will miss City's games against Chelsea, Stoke, Burnley and West Brom in the Premier League, Napoli in the Champions League, and Wolves in the Carabao Cup. He'll also be ruled out of Argentina's matches with Peru and Ecuador.

Earlier, at his press conference on Friday ahead of the clash with Chelsea, Guardiola confirmed that Aguero had been in the car crash but he didn’t give a time frame on his return.

“The first impression is that he has a broken rib but the number of days he will be out, I don’t know right now."
However, there was a more concrete return date for Benjamin Mendy with Guardiola saying the earliest the defender could return is the Champions League semi-finals after rupturing his ACL in his right knee.
“Mendy will be out until the Champions League semi-finals and Aguero, I don’t know. He is still in Amsterdam and he is coming back this afternoon. I am not a doctor and I don’t know exactly what he has.
“It was an accident and he will recover as soon as possible.”

Sergio Aguero hurt in car crash in Amsterdam

Published in England Premier League
Friday, 29 September 2017 10:50

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has suffered injured ribs in a car crash in Amsterdam, according to reports.

The 29-year-old was in a taxi en route to the airport when it crashed into a pole, with images quickly circulating on social media.
Aguero was in the Dutch capital for a concert with Colombian singer Maluma, less than 48 hours before Premier League leaders City’s clash with Chelsea.
City have not put a timeframe on his recovery, saying in a statement that he would be assessed later on Friday:

"Sergio Aguero will be assessed by club doctors today after being involved in a road accident on Thursday. The City forward was in Holland on his day off and has sustained injuries. He will return to Manchester this morning and his status will be checked ahead of tomorrow's Premier League clash at Chelsea."
Aguero's former club in Argentina, Independiente, said on Twitter: "Strength and fast recovery. All Independiente is with you at this difficult time."

Aguero & Silva ready to face Man Utd despite injuries against Arsenal

Published in England Premier League
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 07:34

The influential duo were substituted with injuries at Wembley on Sunday but took part in a light training session on Monday

Sergio Aguero earns Manchester City point in frantic encounter with Liverpool

Published in England Premier League
Monday, 20 March 2017 08:21

Premier League, Etihad Stadium – Manchester City 1 (Aguero 69) Liverpool 1 (Milner 51 pen)

Sergio Aguero rescued a 1-1 draw for Manchester City in a pulsating top-four clash with Liverpool, that surely ends their Premier League title hopes.

The Argentine coolly tucked in Kevin De Bruyne's sublime cross 21 minutes from time after James Milner's penalty had put the visitors in front.

It means the Citizens stay third, two points behind Tottenham and 12 adrift of leaders Chelsea with just 10 matches to play.

Liverpool are a point further back in fourth but have played a game more.

The draw sees the Merseysiders remain unbeaten in games against the current top six this season - but they are now just four points ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United, who have played two less.
TALKING POINT. Not a goal-fest, but it still lived up to its billing

It was an enthralling encounter full of glaring misses, penalty shouts, desperate defending and free-flowing attacking football. But after 90 breathtaking minutes, the point does little for the aspirations of both sides and perhaps highlights why neither have been able to truly challenge Chelsea. City were hoping to stay in with an outside chance, but are now surely out of it after falling further off the pace this weekend. Liverpool have played more than their other top four rivals, so any dropped points are cause for concern with Arsenal and Manchester United waiting to take advantage of any slip.


Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City). Caused Liverpool plenty of problems on the right. Provided the assist for the equaliser and could have had more if his teammates had their shooting boots on.


MAN CITY: Caballero 6, Fernandinho 7, Stones 7, Otamendi 7, Clichy 7, Yaya Touré 5, Sané 7, De Bruyne 8, Silva 8, Sterling 7, Agüero 7. Subs: Sagna 6, Fernando 6.

LIVERPOOL: Mignolet 7, Clyne 6, Matip 7, Klavan 6, Milner 7, Can 7, Wijnaldum 6, Lallana 6, Mane 7, Coutinho 5, Firmino 6. Subs: Origi 5, Lucas n/a.

21' - MAN CITY CHANCE! Sane uses his frightening pace to surge free on the left of the box. He dances beyond Clyne and drills in a low cross. It hits a defender and falls for Silva who rifles wide from 10 yards.

4o' - MAN CITY CHANCE! De Bruyne cuts through Liverpool's defence with a lovely ball to Silva on the left of the area. The Spaniard fires a low cross into the middle that Sterling somehow misses. It falls for Fernandinho at the far post, who inexplicably stabs into the side-netting on the stretch. City feel they should have had a penalty. Milner caught Sterling as he attempted to tap home, while Klavan also appeared to tug back Aguero. Let off for the Merseysiders!

51' - GOAL! MAN CITY 0-1 LIVERPOOL. Milner steps up and coolly fires the penalty into Caballero's right-hand corner, with the keeper diving the opposite way. City aren't happy about the award after Clichy bundled into Firmino with a high boot after the Brazilian was left free in the area to collect Can's diagonal pass.

62' - LIVERPOOL CHANCE! Coutinho slips Firmino through. He races clear into the area but sees his low shot brilliantly saved by Caballero.

69' - GOAL! MAN CITY 1-1 LIVERPOOL. Aguero pulls the hosts level. De Bruyne fires in a devilish low ball from the right and the Argentine arrives on cue to slot home.

76' - OFF THE POST! Aguero surges free of two challenges and plays in Sane on the left of the area. The youngster back heels it back into his path. Aguero stumbles trying to get the shot off... it falls for De Bruyne who sees his effort hit the woodwork.

81' - WHAT A MISS! Lallana somehow fails to connect with a simply volley six yards out after Wijnaldum and Firmino had wonderfully carved City open.

90+2' - MAN CITY CHANCE! Aguero volleys over the top at the far post after De Bruyne had picked him out with a fine run and cross.

Man City have now failed to keep a clean sheet in all 9 of their PL games against teams in the top seven this season.

Aguero has now scored in all five of his Premier League games versus Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium (five goals).

Liverpool have won 20 points in 10 games vs the top 6 teams this season, but just 19 points in 10 games vs the bottom six clubs.

Milner now has the current record for the most Premier League games scored in & never lost (47 Games: W37 D10 L0).

Milner has scored seven penalties in the PL this season; only S.Gerrard (10 in 2013-14) scored more for Liverpool in a PL campaign.


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