Sergio Aguero is OUT of Manchester City’s FA Cup semi-final with Chelsea as Pep Guardiola confirms the striker is still struggling with a muscle injury
- Sergio Aguero is not available for Manchester City’s FA Cup semi final
- Pep Guardiola confirmed he has not yet recovered from a muscular issue
- The City boss defended Chelsea’s style of play under manager Thomas Tuchel
- He admitted he ‘admires’ Tuchel and always knew he would succeed at Chelsea
Sergio Aguero has been ruled out of Manchester City’s FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea on Saturday.
Aguero, who is leaving the club at the end of the season, is still struggling with a muscular problem.
It is the latest in a catalogue of injury and illness issues to have blighted the Argentinian’s final season at the club, having been reduced to just 15 appearances and three goals all term.
Sergio Aguero has been ruled out of Manchester City’s FA Cup semi-final with Chelsea
Asked if the the 32-year-old striker would be available for the trip to Wembley, Pep Guardiola said: ‘No, not yet.’
Aguero will be City’s only notable absentee with Guardiola facing no other fresh injury concerns following his side’s memorable Champions League quarter-final win over Borussia Dortmund in midweek.
On his players’ condition, the City boss said: ‘They are OK. Tired, but OK.’
Guardiola refused to be drawn on talk of a famous quadruple this season, with a tough assignment against a Chelsea side rejuvenated by Thomas Tuchel and also on a high after booking their spot in the Champions League semi-final earlier this week.
Despite some impressive results, Chelsea have been criticised for playing less attractive football than they had done when Frank Lampard was in charge.
Pep Guardiola confirmed City’s star striker is still struggling with a muscular injury
Guardiola, however, has defended their style of play under Tuchel and admitted he always knew his counterpart would be a success at the club.
‘I know him from Mainz. When I was in Munich, after he went to Dortmund and spent one or two games playing exactly the way he wanted to play,’ he added.
‘It was difficult to take over a team during the season but he has a lot of experience winning at a top club like PSG and now another club at Chelsea. I knew from the beginning he would do a good job.
‘Every manager plays in the way they play. Frank did an incredible job in the first season when he could not sign players and qualified for the Champions League. I admire both as a person and a manager.
‘Tomorrow we face Thomas. He knows how I admire him and how good he is as a manager. It will be a good battle.’
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