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Pep Guardiola insists Sergio Aguero isn’t dirty despite horror-tackle

December 11, 2016

PEP GUARDIOLA insists Sergio Aguero is not a dirty player – despite seeing his star striker banned for seven games this season.

Guardiola’s Manchester City travel to champions Leicester today without Aguero following his latest suspension.

The Argentine ace has been hit with a four match ban following his red card for a disgraceful lunge on Chelsea’s David Luiz last Saturday.

It is Aguero’s second ban for violent conduct of the season after also serving a three game suspension for elbowing West Ham’s Winston Reid in the face.

But Guardiola insists Aguero is not a hot head.

“Sergio’s not an aggressive player,” he said.

“It’s two red cards, seven games, so accept the punishment from the federation.

“I know what happened in that moment, I know the reason why because I saw the image of what happened with the other player.

“We just have to accept it and try to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte admitted yesterday that Aguero’s horror tackle scared him even more when he saw the TV replays after his table-topping side’s 3-1 win.

“This tackle was very bad,” said Conte.

“After I saw the replays, that’s when I saw this was very dangerous for David Luiz.

“I watched the images and I was afraid. I was scared.”

Meanwhile, Guardiola reckons Leicester have become so consumed with doing well in the Champions League this season it has affected their domestic form.

But he has backed the reigning champions to pull away from the relegation scrap.

“Leicester remain a very good team,” he said.

“Maybe their players are so focused on the Champions League, with the music and everything.

“When you don’t win three or four games you are nearer the bottom. But the players are there, their defensive structure is quite solid.

“They have a lot of quality. I am pretty sure they will come back the way they deserve.”

Guardiola, meanwhile, says he is not a fan of FIFA’s proposals to expand future World Cups to 48 teams, fearing it will ‘kill players’.

He added: “They talk about a World Cup of 48 teams, but we are going to kill the players.

“We are looking for the quality and forget the quantity, but the players don’t rest, they have a lot of pressure. There is more competition, more games. But okay, FIFA have another opinion.”

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