Guardiola casts doubt over Chelsea and PSG-linked Sergio Aguero's future

"I know what happened against Liverpool and Arsenal, the big teams. I know how hard it is to find top goalscorers", Guardiola told reporters, including The Guardian.

Citizens boss Pep Guardiola is missing just one star player going into the clash in Ilkay Gundogan who is out injured.

City, who are now fifth, can cut runaway leaders Chelsea's lead at the top to eight points with victory over the struggling Cherries, leap-frogging Arsenal and second-placed Tottenham in the process.

"It's not because he is lazy but because the way Pep wants to play is not natural to Kun".

"My opinion of Claudio remains the same".

City have produced some exhilarating football in recent weeks and Guardiola insists Aguero's recent omissions from the starting line-up are simply down to the superior form of other players. The decision I take is based on what I see. Bournemouth can keep pace with the Premier League's mid-table pack and reduce the risk of a battle with relegation by defeating Manchester City. One moment of skill stood out, when he controlled a high ball in first-half injury-time dead with one touch, before releasing Kevin de Bruyne for a run on goal.

The Spaniard, whose side travel to Bournemouth tomorrow morning (Singapore time), said: "I am concerned thinking about the next game".


"I am not concerned too much about that", he said. "We are in the last months of the season, so I don't think we are going to achieve (it)".

They were also highly impressive before being forced to settle for a draw against Tottenham, and dominant even though they required a late victor to beat Swansea.

"We monopolised the ball". We monopolised the ball - we did not create too many chances because it is so hard.

Instead, with Silva and De Bruyne calmly controlling the midfield, it was City who looked the more likely to score again.

"But every game is completely different".

Wilshere is now on loan with Bournemouth for the season in a bid to play regular games and bring his fitness back up to the required level.

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