Pep Guardiola fired a chilling warning to Manchester City’s rivals, insisting Sergio Aguero is ready to have his most prolific season yet.
And Guardiola believes Aguero, who scored 30 goals last season, could be on course for his best season yet, insisting the decision for the striker to undergo knee surgery last April will see the South American go from strength to strength.
‘We were really impressed when he arrived (back for pre-season),’ said Guardiola.
‘Sergio always has a little bit (of a problem) with his physicality. Maybe he needs a little bit more time to take his physical condition.
‘But he arrived so sharp, so good. I think at the end of last season, the knee operation; he suffered the previous years with a little bit of a problem and Ramon Cugat the best doctor in the world made the perfect surgery and now he feels free.
‘I think it’s good news for us for the season. He scored two goals, produced chances, he could have scored three or four or five.’
On winning City’s first piece of silverware of the season, Guardiola added:
‘I am so satisfied. It’s a minor title, everybody is going for the Premier League, the FA Cup or the Champions League.
‘But to play for this title you have to win the Premier League or the FA Cup so to play this competition is not easy.
‘We are still far away from the physical condition we want to be in; we are far, far away.
‘The players are in a bad, bad condition and hopefully this week we have seven days and the next week seven days more where we can increase our level.’