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Has Pep Guardiola just confirmed Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero will never start together again?

The Manchester City boss has an embarrassment of attacking options at his disposal

Such is the embarrassment of riches at his disposal, Pep Guardiola has the regular luxury of having Gabriel Jesus or Sergio Aguero as an impact substitute.

Manchester City are inundated with terrific attacking players – and it’s proved a real dilemma for Dream Team managers in terms of deciding who to get in their side.


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Aguero or Jesus starts for City, rarely both

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Aguero or Jesus starts for City, rarely both

But while we saw Jesus and Aguero together from the start a few times at the start of the season, Guardiola has preferred one or the other in recent weeks.

And it’s working too, with City runaway leaders at the top of the Premier League and already through to the Champions League knockout stages.

So why change a winning formula?

Guardiola is happy with his current system

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Guardiola is happy with his current system

Guardiola, speaking ahead of their game against Feyenoord, has revealed why he doesn’t harbour plans to start his two main strikers together any time soon.

And it’s essentially because of Benjamin Mendy’s knee injury which could keep the left back out for the rest of the season.

“Both have different qualities – they deserve to play,” said Guardiola.

Mendy was spotted at City's last Champions League game on crutches

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Mendy’s injury forced a tactical change

“They have a lot of games and they have to be ready. It is the toughest decision.

“When you have Mendy, he can play wide and the winger can go inside. Fabian Delph cannot do that.

“Without Mendy, Leroy Sane has to go wide, which is why they [Aguero and Jesus] don’t play together.”

Sane has been one of the best players in the league this season

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Sane has been one of the best players in the league this season

Both Jesus and Aguero have scored eight league goals this season, just one behind top scorer Mohamed Salah.

But it seems one of them will have to settle for warming the bench…


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