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Guardiola backs Aguero over trip to Amsterdam

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Pep Guardiola says he has no problem with Sergio Aguero spending a day off in Amsterdam which ended with the Manchester City striker suffering injuries in a car crash.

Guardiola said the information the club had was that the player had broken a rib after a taxi taking him to an Amsterdam airport following a music concert was involved in an accident late on Thursday night.

City's Spanish coach does not yet know the extent of Aguero's injuries and how long he will be out for, but said he was relaxed about Aguero spending the day overseas and will not put restrictions on his squad's free time in the future.

"A day off is to be happy," Guardiola said at his Friday afternoon press conference.

"I am a trainer who doesn't want to train every day because they (the players) need to rest, mentally and physically."

Guardiola does expect Aguero to miss Saturday's match against Chelsea and Argentina's World Cup qualifiers early next month at the very least.

"The first impression is he has broken a rib but the number of days he will be out, I don't know," Guardiola added.

Guardiola baffled by Sterling red card at Bournemouth

Sterling was sent off just moments after scoring the winner. Credit: PA

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has called for an explanation for the red card shown to Raheem Sterling after he hit an injury-time winner at Bournemouth.

The England winger saw his last-gasp effort deflect in off Andrew Surman to seal a dramatic 2-1 win for City in a finish captain Vincent Kompany described as "absolute madness".

Sterling's joy was relatively short-lived as referee Mike Dean showed him a second yellow card for celebrating with the jubilant away fans.

Asked if he knew why Sterling had been sent off, the former Barcelona boss replied: "It is a good question.

"I would like someone to comment, if you cannot celebrate with the fans the best solution is not to invite the fans. You can imagine how happy he is, how happy the fans are.

"We won, If we had not won or lost I would not have made the argument but I would like someone to tell me that.

"Teams who always have 65-70 percent possession always have the player sent off, perhaps someone can explain that to me one day."

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Ibrahimovic: Guardiola fall out still motivates me

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has 26 goals to his name this season Credit: PA

Zlatan Ibrahimovic says his falling out with Pep Guardiola at Barcelona still motivates him.

Guardiola brought Ibrahimovic to the Nou Camp in 2009 but the relationship between the pair broke down. Zlatan was then loaned to AC Milan after only a season before making the move permanent.

Jose Mourinho when he was in charge at Inter Milan with Pep Guardiola and Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Barcelona Credit: PA

The Manchester United striker will be fired up when they travel to the Eithad Stadium next month to face Guardiola's Manchester City in the Premier League.

I learned from Barcelona, both on and off the pitch. I learned that in football any situation can change in 24 hours.

The problem wasn't with me, it was with him, and he never came to terms with it. I don't know what his problem was with me.

It is something that drives me, gives me adrenaline and extra motivation. It is normal after what has happened. I'm using it as a positive, not negative.

– Zlatan Ibrahimovic speaking with Fabio Capello on Fox Sports Italia
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