By James Agberebi:
Pep Guardiola has revealed that Sergio Aguero is in line to replace Nigerian youngster Kelechi Iheanacho in the Manchester City XI for the Champions League opener against Borussia Monchengladbach on Tuesday night.
Aguero missed the win over Manchester United through suspension and Iheanacho stepped in superbly, scoring the winner and setting up the first goal in Saturday's 2-1 win.
But Guardiola has confirmed that the Aguero can play against the Bundesliga side.
Speaking in his press conference ahead of Tuesday's game, Guardiola also revealed that Ilkay Gundogan and Vincent Kompany are closing in on comebacks.
“Aguero can play – he was banned, not injured," Guardiola said.
“Gundogan every day and every week is much, much better. Vincent is in the same situation – he’s training hard. All of the players who didn’t face United did hard training and he trained really good.
“They are almost there to help us play the next six games in the next 18 days.”
The former Bayern Munich boss described Monchengladbach as one of the difficult teams in their group aside from Barcelona.
“Borussia are a brave team, a brave coach – one of the best teams in Europe. If we let them play, they have a lot of quality. The draw was difficult for us – of course because of Barcelona but also Monchengladbach.
“They are so, so intelligent. The players in the middle – they are so, so offensive. They receive five players behind our midfield. They counter-attack like a master. Like a German team. They do it well.
“They have a good build-up – Sommer is a goalkeeper who isn’t tall but he reads the game. A little bit like we’re looking for with short and long passes. They create a good environment for a good way to play. They are a really, really good team.”
Guardiola went on to pay tribute to his predecessors for City’s progress so far and admitted that his team will have to improve if they are to go even further this time around.
He said: “It was a pleasure to coach Barcelona and Bayern Munich for their history – they’re used to reaching semi-finals but City don’t have that history.
“Mancini helped us to take the first step and Manuel made a real good job to achieve the semi-finals – he was unlucky to face Barcelona twice as they are the strongest team in the world.
“We are far away from the best we are looking for from this team – to compete with the best teams in Europe and in the Premier League – we have to improve.”