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Pep Guardiola: 'Gabriel Jesus, Sergio Aguero can not play together'

Pep Guardiola: 'Gabriel Jesus, Sergio Aguero can not play together'”

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola reveals that the ACL injury sustained by Benjamin Mendy is the reason why Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus can not play together.

"That doesn't mean we are favourites to win the Champions League, but it's nice". 'They have a lot of games and they have to be ready.

Unfortunately for Aguero and Jesus, it looks as though they'll have to get used to the constant rotation until April at least.

Guardiola made it clear his change of approach in attack is based exclusively upon losing full-back Benjamin Mendy to a knee ligament injury.

Asked if they could play together, he added: "Yeah, when we had Mendy".

Fabian Delph has deputised superbly for the absent France global over the past two months but does not provide the same kind of attacking threat, leaving Sane to supply the natural width.

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Guardiola says that without Mendy, who suffered a serious knee injury a few weeks ago, it is no longer viable to play the two together. "(Leaving one of them out) is the toughest decision".

"In that moment [when Aguero and Jesus played together] we had Mendy and when you have Mendy you [the left-back] play wide and the winger can go inside", Guardiola explained. Every day is a step to improve. It is not to have fun and be gentle with the guys from the academy.

"The skills are there, the qualities are there".

With City already looking like certainties for the Premier League, it is scary to think how much more deadly they would be had Guardiola been able to use the South Americans together.

With such a plethora of talent at his disposal, Pep Guardiola has been able to rely on anyone he selects, with Leroy Sane, Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Raheem Sterling and Fernandino all chipping in with goals and assists.

However, such doubters have since been forced to eat their words following the Citizens' blistering start to the current campaign, with Guardiola's men having earned victories in all but one of their fixtures across all competitions to this point in the season.



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