Pep Guardiola has revealed Sergio Aguero is a doubt for Man City’s Champions League final clash against Chelsea.
The 33-year-old has been ruled out of Tuesday’s Premier League clash against Brighton with an adductor problem, the latest setback in the striker’s injury-ravaged final season at the Etihad.
Aguero could be fit for City’s final Premier League match of the season against Everton, however, Guardiola is undecided on the striker’s involvement for the Champions League showdown on May 29.
And he admitted he is having to be ‘cold’ with his squad selection, saying he will not merely pick Aguero for the sake of his history at the club and his impending departure.
“I would say I would be cold,” Guardiola said of his attitude towards selection.
“I have to take a decision which is the best to win that game, so I have to be.
“If Sergio is fit he is going to help us, that is for sure, if he is going to help us score goals he is going to play, but it’s the final of the Champions League. I have to take the decision that gives us the best chance of winning that game.”
Guardiola jovially admitted his players are being ‘nicer’ to him in an attempt to force their way into his selection plans for the Champions League final.
He said: “They listen a little bit more. It’s a serious point what you say, they’re not stupid.
“They want to play so they are nicer to me. Then I will make a selection and they will be who they are normally: grumpy, upset with me. That’s normal!
“I remember the starting XI at Barca was so clear. Here we rotate a lot and everyone can play.
“Still I’m not clear on the way we’re going to play and who we are going to play. That’s why I have to take a look over the next 10 days and then we’ll take a decision.
“Every three days it’s a tough job to guys who are good quality players and they train good and they don’t play. This is the toughest moment.
“That is why the relationship between the players and the manager has to have a little bit of distance because you cannot have this close a relationship because you have to take the decisions that take part in their careers. Sometimes I am unfair to them but it is what it is.
“That is why they are lucky to find a manager who rotates a lot, that in the last maybe one or two months every game I have changed six, seven, or eight players.
“I would say I have been generous with them but even with that, they don’t understand it, they want to play all the games every day.”