Aguero taken off as a precaution, says Guardiola


Manchester City returned with a swagger from the global break on Saturday (March 30), resuming their quest for four trophies with another dominant 2-0 win at Fulham that thrust them back to the top of the Premier League.

"I feel like this season can be a big one".

The English champions are in the thick of the Premier League title race and have an FA Cup semi-final and the Champions League quarter-finals to look forward to as they aim to add to their EFL Cup trophy this season, along with their Community Shield success from August.

'We will be playing every three or four days, which will be very tough, but the most important thing for me was to start the month well, especially when you come back from the internationals, because you are not 100 per cent.

"Maybe people do not play well in the process, maybe they are exhausted, injured, so we have to handle it day by day".

"Fulham has quality players but we controlled them". 'That will not be easy because we have tough, tough, tough opponents but that is the challenge.' Liverpool will leapfrog City at the top of the table if they beat Spurs.

"Tomorrow we have the real assessment", Guardiola told reporters.

The visitors started at full pelt, but once Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero had put them in an unassailable lead after 27 minutes, they eased up to the point of practically taking the rest of the afternoon off.

The City boss went on to heap praise on his side's performance in an opening spell that might have yielded more than just two goals.

City's progress means they could play nine games in April but Guardiola does not want to overthink the situation.

"After the global break, you usually miss a bit with your rhythm".

However, Guardiola believes his side need to win all of their remaining games to be champions again. In the last four or five games, Gundogan was a massive player for us. We can not win the Premier League without changing.' Scott Parker, Fulham's interim manager, would not be surprised to see City end the season with four trophies.

"And given how Aguero left the field, it didn't really cause too much of a concern, other than [the fact that] it's Sergio Aguero, who has this injury issue and we've seen season in season out where he's missed far too many games in my opinion and I'm sure any Manchester City fan is concerned".

"Yes. I think they could", he said when asked if City were good enough to win the lot.

The Cottagers stay second bottom, 13 points from safety with six league games remaining.

"I take it before each game".