Pep Guardiola has acknowledged the difficulties of keeping both Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus happy at Manchester City.
In the Spaniard’s current system, there is only space for one centre-forward and he has switch between both on each game day. The Citizens are due to face Everton on Saturday and Guardiola will again have to make a difficult choice between the two.
Guardiola said, “Both guys are incredible. It’s difficult for me. I try to move them and play both. Never any player will be happy if they don’t play regularly. He plays he will happy, he does not play he will not be happy. But I try to let them both play as much as possible. Sometimes when they’re injured, Gabriel or Sergio, the other one plays.
“In some games, Gabriel gives me something Sergio cannot give us. And the other games, Sergio gives us what Gabriel cannot. That is the quality. Normally I don’t play with two strikers. I played with two against Norwich, in the last minutes, and it wasn’t good. Our control isn’t the best, we’re not solid enough.”
Aguero is leading the Premier League scoring charts with 8 goals so far and Gabriel Jesus has netted 3 in 5 appearances across all competitions. Guardiola admits he has to handle the situation very delicately.
“They’re upset if they don’t play, of course,” he added. “You play a Champions League game, a semi-final or a quarter-final, and they are fit and they are strong. They want to play, and the manager says, ‘You don’t play’. How can they be happy? It’s impossible. All I can say with the players is I’m sorry – I have to choose 11.
“Sergio could have scored five goals against Watford. Gabriel the last game against Preston could have scored three or four. We have many, many games, four competitions and of course, everyone is necessary.”