Manchester Metropolis can be with out star striker Sergio Aguero for Saturday’s Premier League conflict with Chelsea, Pep Guardiola has confirmed.
The striker picked up an harm in coaching and missed the 2-1 victory at Watford and now could be set to be unavailable as soon as once more for the journey to Stamford Bridge.
Former Blues midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has additionally been dominated out of the conflict in a major blow to Metropolis’s hopes of sustaining their unbeaten begin to the league marketing campaign.
Guardiola’s aspect at present high the desk by two factors however can be keenly conscious that Liverpool – unbeaten themselves – are ready to pounce on any factors dropped by the defending champions.
And the journey to fourth-placed Chelsea represents a major take a look at for Metropolis with out their all-time main goalscorer. Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus is prone to lead the road in his absence, however the 21-year-old has only one objective in 12 appearances to date this season, though the vast majority of these have been from the bench.
De Bruyne has suffered with harm issues for a lot of this season, however the type of Bernardo Silva to date has cushioned the blow of the Belgian’s absence.
Chelsea have simply suffered their second defeat of the marketing campaign in a shock 2-1 reverse in opposition to Wolves, and Metropolis will hope that confidence can be low in Maurizio Sarri’s camp.
“It’s one other big demanding take a look at for us,” Guardiola stated at Friday’s press convention.
“How we play in opposition to the most effective groups on one of many greatest levels. How will they react after dropping? I can think about how intense, dedicated they are going to be.”
Sarri has tried to minimize his aspect’s probabilities in opposition to the champions, having didn’t beat his Spanish counterpart of their three earlier conferences and claiming their opponents are possibly the best team in Europe.
Nevertheless, Guardiola has dismissed that tag, claiming Metropolis must win the Champions League to earn that title, whereas praising the Italian.
“Thanks [Sarri], however we aren’t the most effective. We’ve to win the titles and we didn’t win the title to be greatest workforce in Europe. The job he’s doing is great. Individuals don’t understand how laborious it’s to create a method,” he added.