Leroy Sane, Yaya Toure still crucial for Yaya City: Pep Guardiola

Ruben Hill
September 23, 2017

Weekend fixtures (UK time): Saturday, West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur, Burnley v Huddersfield Town, Everton v AFC Bournemouth, Manchester City v Crystal Palace, Southampton v Manchester United, Stoke City v Chelsea, Swansea City v Watford, Leicester City v Liverpool; Sunday, Brighton v Newcastle; Monday, Arsenal v West Brom.

"To have two strikers with their crosshairs in the box with the sense of goal - the guy who doesn't score goals won't score goals, the guy who scores goals always score goals", said the City manager. But not purist Guardiola. Toure has had a fractious relationship with the City manager although Guardiola insists that the Ivory Coast player, too, has a role to play.

Yet personal recognition has eluded Aguero, despite his consistency since joining City from Atletico Madrid in 2011.

"But of course he has the character to score goals". He had it in the past with Argentina, his mother and father gave him that talent. He had it before in Argentina and Spain. "He will die scoring goals, there is no doubt about that".

"I like the strikers who play in the process, like I don't just like the central defenders to defend". The record is going to be broken. And it will be good if it happens at home.

"He has to be proud of that and Manchester City has to be proud of that". Being a long time in one place and breaking the record is so fantastic. I'll try to help him score more goals.

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Guardiola says that it does not matter if Aguero keeps on missing out on those personal honours, though, because he has respect where it matters.

"The best present you can have is when you have the feeling that your teammates love you and you feel you have helped them", he said.

"Recognition in the media and prizes are okay for 10 minutes, and then after that, they disappear".

League leaders City's slick playing style has made them early title favourites, with 11 of their 16 goals in the league arriving in their last two games.

"If you ask me, 'Could English football survive or be even better without this competition?' Maybe", Mourinho said after United's 4-1 win over Burton Albion on Wednesday.

"Last season we started quite well like this season, but past year we were not good enough to fight against the best teams", the manager added. But I refuse to believe it. But we knew that before, so it's not a complaint in those terms.

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