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Pep Guardiola admits he has a challenge keeping Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus happy

PEP GUARDIOLA admits he faces a battle to keep Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus happy.

The Manchester City manager’s tactics means he can only play the South American strikers together when Benjamin Mendy is in the team.

 Pep admits he will have a challenge to keep Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus happy

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Pep admits he will have a challenge to keep Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus happy

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Guardiola said: “Of course they want to play.

“I know when they are not playing they’re really sad, but it’s the same for the other guys who don’t play.

“They can play together but I decided to play more with specific wingers and play with one striker.”

France full-back Mendy gives City pace on the left — and his injury has given Pep a headache as Fabian Delph cannot get forward in the same way.

 Pep's tactics mean Aguero and Jesus can only play together when Benjamin Mendy is in the lineup

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Pep’s tactics mean Aguero and Jesus can only play together when Benjamin Mendy is in the lineup
 Mendy was told he would be sidelined until April after undergoing knee surgery

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Mendy was told he would be sidelined until April after undergoing knee surgery

That has meant starting Leroy Sane with either Aguero or Jesus starting on the bench.

City are unbeaten in the Premier League, but Guardiola expects to be blasted for keeping one of his strikers on the bench once they lose a game.

He added: “I assure you we are going to lose games and the debate will happen again about whether the way we play is acceptable for this league. That is going to happen.

“Until now I’ve decided to play in that way and it means it is one or the other.

 Guardiola wants to see Aguero and Jesus compete with each other

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Guardiola wants to see Aguero and Jesus compete with each other

“But I want to see how they will compete with each other.

“They have to know they have to play well, because if not they have another guy with the same level and quality to play.”

Guardiola concedes that for the moment Aguero and Jesus are likely to play together when City are chasing a game.

He said: “We can play with two strikers in the middle.

 

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“For example, the last ten minutes against Feyenoord, they played together when we changed the set-up a bit.

“We played more centrally with Sergio and of course we can do that. We can use that in other games when we need to score goals or change something.”

Whoever plays up front for today’s clash with Huddersfield they will face Danish keeper Jonas Lossl.

He was with minnows Midtjylland when they made history by beating Manchester City away back in 2008 in a Uefa Cup qualifier.

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And Lossl will use the memory of that night as inspiration.

He said: “I was only fourth–choice goalkeeper back then, but it was such a big game for Midtjylland — and we won 1–0!

“It is probably still the biggest win in the club’s history.
“Great memories — and I will try to use them to my advantage to help us beat City.”

Manchester City star Benjamin Mendy working hard in rehab after ACL injury

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