Pep will be under the pump for re­turn leg against Barca

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There’s no way Pep Guardi­ola will be leav­ing out Ser­gio Aguero this time. Aguero started on the bench for Manch­ester City’s 4-0 hum­bling at Barcelona in the last round of Cham­pi­ons League matches, leav­ing many to ques­tion the sense in Guardi­ola omit­ting pos­si­bly his best player for such a big match against his old club. For the re­turn match at City tonight, Aguero will be back in City’s team. “But I’m not go­ing to tell you in which po­si­tion he’s go­ing to play,” Guardi­ola said, jok­ingly. Aguero gave a re­minder of his fin­ish­ing abil­ity with two ex­cel­lently taken goals in a 4-0 win over West Bromwich Al­bion in the Premier League on Satur­day. That ended a six-game run with­out scor­ing for Aguero – although he was a sub­sti­tute in three of them – and ended City’s six-game win­less run. It’s good tim­ing with Barcelona and its su­per­star strike force of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Ney­mar head­ing to Eti­had Sta­dium on nine points from a pos­si­ble nine in Group C. Only a draw is needed to se­cure the Span­ish side’s 13th straight par­tic­i­pa­tion in the knock­outs. City is in sec­ond place, five points be­hind Barcelona and one ahead of Borus­sia Moenchenglad­bach. Barca’s main con­cerns are in de­fence, with Jordi Alba, Ger­ard Pique and Jeremy Mathieu, all out due to in­jury.

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