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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."


Pep Guardiola: Aguero can be 'better'

Guardiola believes Aguero can get even better Credit: PA

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has revealed that he wants to make star striker Sergio Aguero a better player after the Argentinian returned from suspension with two goals in a 3-1 victory over Swansea.

City made it a perfect six Premier League wins from six under Guardiola after Aguero scored in each half - including a 65th-minute penalty after Michael van der Hoorn brought down Kevin de Bruyne.

"Congratulations to him (Aguero), especially for his first goal," Guardiola said. "I am so happy for him, but he knows I want more.

"He can play better, he can make other things that are going to help us.

"In the box, he is going to help us a lot. His first control for the opening goal was outstanding, but I want to help him be a better player."

Man City not interested in £51-million left-back

Grimaldo (right) was reportedly wanted by Man City. Credit: PA

Manchester City have no interest in Benfica left-back Alex Grimaldo, according to reports.

Media in Portugal have claimed City boss Pep Guardiola and his brother Pere, a prominent agent, attended Benfica's game against Braga on Monday to watch the 21-year-old.

However, sources have indicated Guardiola was not in Lisbon and that City aren't monitoring the former Barcelona B player, whose contract reportedly contains a £51million buy-out clause.


Guardiola ready for Man City to lose games

Pep Guardiola. Credit: PA

Pep Guardiola insists there is no danger of complacency at Manchester City because his team have not yet achieved anything.

City's superb start under Guardiola continued as they won their eighth successive game in all competitions by thrashing Bournemouth 4-0 in the Premier League on Saturday.

Already they have already scored 25 goals in the campaign, Guardiola will not allow his players to believe a game will be too easy.

"That is not going to happen when I am there," the Spaniard said. "And don't say it is too easy. I heard from years ago the Premier League is the toughest league and I am going to accept that.

"We have a lot of work (to do) and we are just in September. We have played absolutely nothing.

"I am so happy but I have to tell you I am going to lose games. We won these five games in the Premier League and the people have very nice words, but we know what happens in our world.

"I have seen what happens when the trainer didn't win, they have been so critical and they didn't deserve that. It is better to stay back and don't read too much.

"I know we are going to lose games and it is important when that happens to be stable."

Guardiola 'needs' Kompany to fight for Man City place

Vincent Kompany. Credit: PA

Captain Vincent Kompany should not expect an automatic role in the Man City side when he returns from injury, manager Pep Guardiola has warned.

But the City boss also says neither John Stones nor Nicolas Otamendi, who have impressed in the Belgian's absence in central defence this season, will retain their positions by default.

Kompany will soon be back in contention after being sidelined due to a thigh injury in last season's Champions League semi-final loss to Real Madrid.

His imminent availability points to a selection headache for Guardiola, but the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach insists that is more of an issue for the players than him.

Speaking at a press conference, Guardiola said: "For me, when he's ready, how difficult (will it be)? Absolutely nothing.

"They have to compete with each other and we'll see on the pitch what is the best for that game. That is the best way to arrive in April or May with a chance to fight to win the titles.

"We need the players competing with each other. They have to know if they don't play good that there's another one beside me and the next time he is going to play.

"That's the only way to arrive at the end of the season, fighting. I need Vincent because I know his quality. I need him to put pressure on John Stones, Nico Otamendi, (Aleksandar) Kolarov - all of them."

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