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Guardiola defends Aguero over horror tackle on Luiz: It wasn't intentional

Man City boss Pep Guardiola (right) was undone by Chelsea counterpart Antonio Conte. Credit: PA

Pep Guardiola apologised for the injury-time brawl that marred a pulsating encounter between Man City and Chelsea but refused to criticise Sergio Aguero, sent off for his knee-high tackle on David Luiz.

Fernandinho was then also sent off for repeatedly pushing Cesc Fabregas, with the Spaniard ending up falling over an advertising hoarding.

It proved a costly afternoon for City, who led at half-time but ended up losing 3-1, and now face losing Aguero for four games and Fernandinho for three.

Guardiola said: "It is a pity it finished like this. It was the way the referee decided. I don't like that, I apologise for what happened."

Aguero has already served a three-match ban this season, imposed retrospectively for an elbow on West Ham's Winston Reid.

Taylor surely had no option but to send off Aguero, but Guardiola said: "He (Luiz) went down and he (Aguero) touched him. It wasn't intentional.

"Maybe I have to understand many things about the referees here. It's a red card, okay, we are going to deal with that."

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Half-time: Man City 1-0 Chelsea

Man City defender John Stones tussles with Chelsea striker Diego Costa. Credit: PA

A Gary Cahill own goal just before half-time gave Man City a 1-0 lead at the Etihad Stadium. Cahill turned Jesus Navas' cross into his own net, as City turned the screw on their Premier League rivals.

Yaya Toure promises to work for Man City future

Yaya Toure. Credit: PA

Yaya Toure has vowed to keep working hard following his Manchester City recall.

The midfielder was frozen out of the first-team picture by manager Pep Guardiola in September following comments by his agent, Dimitri Seluk.

But Toure, 33, apologised and was brought back in for the Premier League victory at Crystal Palace a fortnight ago.

He retained his place for last week's win at Burnley and was among the substitutes for Saturday's big clash with Chelsea.

Speaking in the matchday programme, Toure said: "On a personal level, I have to keep working because Pep is a very, very professional person and he really loves football.

"I think that the most important thing for me is to keep working hard - those who work hardest always have more opportunities to play. I'm delighted to play, I always want to play and help my team-mates."

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Fernandinho wants more of the same from Man City

Fernandinho captained City at Turf Moor on Saturday. Credit: Reuters

Fernandinho knows Manchester City must come through tests like the one they did today if they are to win the Premier League.

City came from 1-0 down to beat Burnley at Turf Moor, Sergio Aguero's 32nd and 33rd goals in his last 34 Premier League games securing a 2-1 win.

"We expected a game like that," the midfielder told BT Sport.

"We analysed Burnley before, they play long balls, play for second balls and they started like that.

"But we scored two goals and turned it around and won the game.

"We want to be champions, we have to play these kind of games."

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