Pep Guardiola accepts blame for Champions League failure

Pep Guardiola defends Sergio Aguero over contact with Sian Massey-Ellis

Pep Guardiola hopes he can convince Eric Garcia to stay at Manchester City after handing the Spain global a start in Wednesday's Champions League victory over Porto.

Ruben Dias is not the first expensive signing Pep Guardiola has made to try and solve Manchester City's defensive frailties, but given the vast sums wasted, he really should be the last.

Gundogan scored a sublime free-kick in City's 3-1 Group C victory in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

"We expect Kevin and Aymeric to return in the next few weeks; Gabriel, maybe a little bit longer and we hope they will come back soon and the team will grow", said Guardiola during the press conference.

Guardiola's side will next be seen in action in their Champions League opening match against Porto on Wednesday, October 21. "We did not play bad, we played some real good moments but we sometimes made mistakes and in this competition you can not do it".

"(Fernandinho) is the bad news, he has a muscular problem so he will be a big loss.

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He said that the facing a tough situation right now, adding that this will be a hard fall and winter for the country. She says it does have "the potential to significantly increase the number of people who are asked to quarantine ".

The Eastlands outfit have lost in the Champions League quarter-finals in the last three Premier League seasons, having been beaten by Liverpool FC, Tottenham and Lyon at the last-eight stage.

Aguero, who joined City in 2011 and is their all-time leading scorer with 254 goals, is out of contract at the end of the season and can speak to overseas clubs from January.

He has won four Premier League titles in Manchester and will be targeting a fifth under Guardiola this season.

'I have the feeling we are close, ' he said. While players have been spotted putting their arms on match officials, referees usually take the context and intention before putting it down in their match report which goes to the FA.

"It is the best way to improve and go through and accept a new challenge this season".

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