Guardiola – Aguero must be at his best to play for City

Manchester City are soaring in the Premier League and coasting to the title win for the 2020/21 season and this has been possible even in the absence of key man and goal machine Sergio Kun Aguero.

The Citizens beat West Ham 2:1 last weekend in the Premier League to extend their lead at the top as city rivals Man United drew away to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge while Leicester City lost 3:1 to Arsenal at the King Power stadium.

City boss Pep Guardiola speaking about the absence of Sergio Aguero has now insisted that the Argentine will have to earn his place in the starting 11.

Sergio Aguero has attained legendary status at the Etihad since he joined in 2011 but Guardiola will not invite him into the team based on past glories. The Citizens have won 20 games in a row and the Spanish boss can afford to be picky.

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When asked if Aguero must return to his best before he can feature majorly for the club, Guardiola replied: “He knows it. He knows it from day one, the guys who play deserve to play.

“From day one all my message is: ‘What we did two hours ago is over.’

“It’s not just for Sergio – it’s for everyone. I try to make fair decisions. Fair for one player is unfair for another one.

“Today was a real tough game for the three players upfront. It’s good news he played 60 minutes and then the next game we need him, let’s go.

“Sergio is so important for us. He scored the most important goal in this club’s history.

“We want to help him – he will do it.”

Aguero made his return against West Ham and it was his competitive game for the Citizens since the 3:1 defeat of Chelsea on January 3. It can be recalled that he missed the next 14 games after testing positive for coronavirus.

Aguero has made just 11 appearances this season and this could be his final season at the club. Illnesses, alongside knee and hamstring injuries, have hampered his progress this season.