Guardiola states the need for rotation after benching Sergio Aguero

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said that he wants everybody involved in the thick of the action and that was the primary reason behind Sergio Aguero and David Silva featuring on the bench. The Citizens faced a tough game against Everton on the road where they were held at 1-1 for a lengthy period but they eventually sealed the victory through goals from Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling in the final 20 minutes.

Speaking after the game, Guardiola said that he wants the involvement of every player in the different competitions and the likes of Aguero and Silva will start in the Champions League after sitting out the European game earlier this month, he told: “I want to make everyone involved. Of course, Sergio can play and David can play but the last game in the Champions League, they didn’t play; I want to let them play in the Champions League, we play on Tuesday. So, I want them to play everybody. For me, it’s tough. Some players don’t play regularly. I’m going to move the team every single game to be part of that. I know everybody wants to play, I understand completely, but it’s the only way to maintain the level for 11 months.”

Aguero was only called up during the final 20 minutes of the game but he contributed towards the final goal scored from Raheem Sterling. With the 3-1 win, the Citizens have maintained the five-point deficit to table-toppers Liverpool and they will be hoping to keep up the pressure by extending the recent winning run.

The Premier League holders are scheduled to host Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League in midweek and they should be overwhelming favourites to beat the Croatian outfit. The Citizens secured a 3-0 triumph over Shakhtar Donetsk during the competition’s opener. Riyad Mahrez, Ilkay Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus were the scorers.

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