Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has today explained why he can’t currently play Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus together.
‘A football genius’
Following his arrival at the Etihad last summer, Guardiola was routinely criticised by fans and pundits alike, with many calling into question the reputation of the Spaniard due to City’s struggles.
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.
The former Barcelona boss has implemented his unique style of suffocating on-ball pressure when out of possession, and fluid, overwhelming attacks when in possession, with many claiming that his side are currently playing the finest football in the history of the Premier League.
‘Why they don’t play together’
While the majority of Guardiola’s starting lineup has (injury-permitting) remained consistent since the beginning of the campaign, one position that remains up for grabs is the centre-forward spot at the Etihad.
Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus, City’s two out-and-out strikers, have both carried their stellar form from last season into the current campaign, with the pair having racked up 10 goals each between the Premier League and Champions League.
However, starting with the South American duo leading the line together has been a tactic which Guardiola has been hesitant to place his faith in over recent weeks, with the 46-year-old explaining that the absence of full-back Benjamin Mendy has proven crucial to his team selection:
‘Both have different qualities – they deserve to play.’ he explained in a pre-match press conference ahead of his side’s Champions League clash with Feyenoord tomorrow night. ‘They have a lot of games and they have to be ready. It is the toughest decision.’
‘When you have Mendy, he can play wide and the winger can go inside. Fabian Delph cannot do that. Without Mendy, Leroy Sane has to go wide, which is why they (Aguero and Jesus) don’t play together. Sergio after the crash, he was fit. He is fit. For me he is so tough. So is Gabriel.’