Aguero sets sights on Champions League glory

Pep Guardiola names the reason Manchester City aren't Champions League favourites

Sergio Aguero has reiterated his desire to stay at Manchester City, but conceded the club's top brass will have the final word on whether he departs when his current deal runs out. You have to do it for the quality, not quantity.

More concerning for Pep Guardiola's side, Gabriel Jesus limped off in tears with a leg injury midway through the first half and Kevin De Bruyne was carried off on a stretcher in injury time, moments after the penalty save.

"Here in England, you don't protect the players - that is a big mistake".

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says the festive period is "going to kill the players" after they beat Watford 3-1 in their 10th game in a month.

As such, it was widely expected that Silva would not be available for City's clash with Watford tomorrow.

"They left some space for us and I think this gave us more confidence to control the game".

"Players who may excel in two or three years' time do not seem to be of interest as he rarely hangs around at a club to reap the benefits of their progress".

In last night's other Premier League fixtures, there were victories for West Ham and Crystal Palace - wins that move both further away from the relegation zone - while Tottenham leapfrogged Arsenal to move into fifth spot with a 2-0 win at Swansea.

Guardiola is the latest in a long list of high-profile managers to question the traditional English fixture schedule this season, his Manchester United counterpart Jose Mourinho being chief among them.

"Of course, space the [games] out".

"There's a learning curve while you're injured as well and that's how I try to take it, but to come back and get three goals, three points, is a good way to come back". "Just see how many players have muscular injuries". "We have to protect players".

"Maybe Arsene (Wenger) is anxious about that", Guardiola said, "but I tell him many times that 2004 run is for him".

He has improved and a lot of it is down to Pep Guardiola but a lot of credit is also down to him [Sterling], taking his knowledge on and then he implements it and we are seeing the outcome of it.”.

And City have received a pre-match boost with De Bruyne named to play and he's joined by the returning David Silva and John Stones in their starting eleven. "The first 25 minutes we were too slow and we knew before the match they would push our team back".

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