Pep Guardiola’s toughest choice is whether it should be Sergio Aguero or Gabriel Jesus who plays now that Benjamin Mendy is injured
The Manchester City manager feels Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero both deserve to play but Benjamin Mendy’s injury makes it hard for the coach to give both of the attackers enough play time.
Jesus has scored 8 times in 11 Premier League games so far this season, while Aguero netted 10 times in 12 matches across all competitions this year.
The Argentine superstar striker also established himself as City’s all-time leading goal scorer.
The two attackers had the chance to play at the same time before, but now Guardiola is forced to make a tough decision.
“For me it is so tough to leave Gabriel or Sergio out, so tough,” the City head coach admitted ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League game against Feyenoord.
“But we play with just one striker and I have to change something. There are a lot of games and they have to be ready and prepare well, especially sometimes when they are on the bench and the situation is not good – be ready to try to win the game.”
The Spanish manager made it clear that it’s not the poor form of any of the players, simply the knee ligament injury of Mendy that forces him to make this decision.
It has been Fabian Delph who replaced Mendy over the past two months, but the Frenchman isn’t that dangerous in attack as Mendy is, so Guardiola needs Sane to go wide.
“In that moment [when Aguero and Jesus played together] we had Mendy and when you have Mendy you [the left-back] play wide and the winger can go inside,” the Spaniard explained.
“Without Mendy, Delph cannot do that and you have to go wide with Sane. That is the only reason why they don’t play together,” Guardiola concluded.