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Man City: Sergio Aguero ‘out for a month’ after surgery

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Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is expected to be out of action for a month after undergoing a keyhole surgery on his knee.

The 29-year old has been troubled by the problem for the past five weeks and missed Saturday’s 3-1 win at Tottenham.

“Recovering from an arthroscopy on my knee,” Aguero wrote on Twitter. “Fully motivated to get back soon to the field.”

Nonetheless, it was expected Aguero — who has not started a game since City’s victory over Chelsea on 4 March — will be fit for Argentina’s World Cup campaign.

He did make cameo appearances when he returned to action as a late substitute in the derby defeat to Manchester United on 7 April, and again appeared as a substitute in the Champions League quarter-final second-leg loss to Liverpool three days later.

The knee problem subsequently ruled him out of the victory over Spurs at Wembley.

Speaking before that match, City boss Pep Guardiola said he was unsure when Aguero would be fit again.

“I don’t know if he will be ready for Swansea [on April 22]. Hopefully for the last games, if we need him, and especially for the World Cup.”

Manchester City wins Premier League after Watford stuns Man United

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Manchester City has won the Premier League title as Manchester United’s shock 1-0 home defeat by West Bromwich Albion confirmed their fierce rivals as champions.

United, who won 3-2 against City before their game against West Brom, are now 16 points behind Pep Guardiola’s side with only five games left to play.

It is City’s third title in seven seasons and a fifth top-flight crown — their first under the Spaniard in his second campaign in charge, after dominating the title race, scoring 93 goals and losing just twice.

This Premier League title is the 24th trophy of the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss’ managerial career, after the 47-year-old has previously won league titles in Spain and Germany, as well as two Champions Leagues with FC Barcelona.

City also set numerous Premier League records in the journey to this title victory including 18 consecutive wins, and have beaten every other side in the division this season at least once.

Their match at Everton also saw them retain 82.13% possession, the highest recorded in the Premier League, and broke passing records, completing over 900 against Chelsea.

They have only failed to score in a league match once this season and lead the stats in terms of possession, touches, passes, shots and goals.

In Europe however, City were knocked out of the Champions League on Tuesday after their quarter-final defeat by Liverpool, and were beaten by League One side Wigan in the fifth round of the FA Cup in February, although they did win the Carabao Cup by beating Arsenal at Wembley.

Pep Guardiola “doesn’t understand” attack on City team bus by Reds fans

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Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola said that he “doesn’t understand” the attack on the City team bus by Liverpool fans after their Champions League quarter-final first-leg match.

After the match ended in a 3-0 away defeat for City, Guardiola said that preventative action should have been taken as police ‘knew it was going to happen”.

Liverpool apologised and called the behaviour “completely unacceptable”; although no Blues players or staff were injured two police officers were hurt and the coach was left unsafe to be driven.

Liverpool said in their statement: “We apologise unreservedly to Pep Guardiola, his players, staff and officials. The priority now is to establish the facts and offer Manchester City whatever support is necessary.”

Before the game, Liverpool disseminated information regarding the routes of the team buses and asked their supporters “to gather to show their passion and support for the team… in a friendly, respectful and considerate manner”, but by the time the City team bus went past the stadium, a large crowd had gathered outside and cans, bottles and flares were thrown.

Guardiola said he “did not expect” for such an incident to happen and referenced the attack on the Borussia Dortmund’s team bus last April, which left defender Marc Bartra injured.

“Normally when the police know it is going to happen, they tried to avoid it from happening,” said the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach. “One year ago something happened in Dortmund. We come here to play football and I don’t understand this kind of situation.”

“The bus is destroyed but I did not expect a prestigious club like Liverpool doing this kind of thing. It is not Liverpool, it is the people, maybe one, two or three, but hopefully it does not happen again.”

Champions League organizers and governing body UEFA are waiting to receive reports before deciding whether to open a disciplinary case.

Guardiola backs City youth trio to make impact as Aguero misses out

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Pep Guardiola has backed Manchester City’s young trio of Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling or Leroy Sane in the absence of Sergio Aguero when they face Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-final.

City will be without Aguero, their 30-goal leading scorer, for the fixture after he failed to recover from a knee injury sustained in training early last month, although Guardiola added that he was on the way to recovery. “He is much, much better. But the physios said he’s still not comfortable and he could not come here,” he said.

However, Guardiola believes that 21-year-old Jesus, the 22-year-old Sane and the 23-year-old Sterling, who has often wilted on his return to Anfield, can maintain the form that has helped taken City to the verge of the Premier League title amid the hostile atmosphere of Liverpool on a European night.

“We are so happy with those three guys. You need experience to be better, you need to live these situations and they are young. Gabriel never played in the Champions League quarter-finals and the first time is here.”

“Why should I doubt them when we’ve done it on many stages quite well? If it does not go well then it will be a good lesson for the future. I saw players with 32 years more scared than those three. It depends on the mentality of the players and they are so good.”

However, there as cause for concern as City suffered their only league defeat of the season at Liverpool in January when Jirgen Klopp’s pressing game forced several costly errors but Guardiola maintained his approach will not alter in the Champions League.

“Of course, I know Liverpool’s qualities and I’m concerned about what they can do,” the former FC Barcelona coach added. “I’m not so arrogant to presume I don’t care what they do. But if you think we are going to defend for 180 minutes and have one counterattack — that is not going to happen. Maybe if we defend for 90 minutes at Anfield it’s because Liverpool are unstoppable, but why should I change it when we are going well so far?

“I know the way we play is perfect for Liverpool because they attack the space like no other team in the world — especially Mane, Firmino, Salah. They are so good. I know that. We are going to try to do something and I feel the best way to try to win is the way we have been doing it since I’ve been here.”