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Guardiola says injuries starting to bite for Man City

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Sergio Aguero criticised for touching lineswoman, Pep Guardiola defends striker

On a different night, City could have gone in at half-time 3-0 down, but this was Porto in the group stages, and instead it was 1-1, with Sergio Aguero scoring his first goal of the season from the penalty spot after Pepe's clumsy jump at Raheem Sterling.

"It is bad news".

'But watching the games we have to accept the reality that we were not good enough.

The whole Manchester City dugout was because if anybody should have been complaining, it was the Porto bench, because we were extremely hard done by.

The Citizens next take on West Ham in an Premier League encounter on Saturday.

Kevin De Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus, Aymeric Laporte and Benjamin Mendy are sidelined for City through injury but full back Oleksandr Zinchenko has recovered from a muscle problem. "It will be four to six weeks out".

"Manchester City have very good players and did not need this help".

"I was surprised they played so defensively with five at the back, we had to be patient but in the second half we didn't concede counter-attacks, we didn't concede set-pieces, we didn't allow them to run". They were struggling to find their balance in the game in the starting 45 minutes. "The reality is to win the home games is so important for qualification". The Portuguese managed to get ahead with a goal from Luis Díaz but Aguero, Gundogan and finally the Spanish Ferrán Torres sealed the comeback for the Sky Blues. "We have players in different conditions, I am not 100 percent there because of (contracting) Covid".

Football membership Manchester City of England defeated Portugal's Club FC Porto 3-1 within the first group match of the Champions League.

With Ake out, Guardiola turned to Eric Garcia as the want-away 19-year-old made his third appearance of the season, leaving John Stones to make do with a late substitute appearance after Fernandinho's injury.

City's strong lineup saw the almost score an opener inside nine minutes of gameplay against Porto after Cancelo set up Sterling who fluffed his chance after Mbemba's interception.

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