Sergio Aguero has been left out of Manchester City’s game against Barcelona.
Yes, you read that right. Imagine if Manuel Pellegrini had done this, the sheer uproar would make Manchester tremble.
Instead, this will be seen as a careful ploy, won’t it?
Maybe it is a stroke of genius and Kevin de Bruyne can help give City extra numbers in central midfield. Maybe Aguero is struggling for fitness after he picked up yet another knock on international duty.
Whatever the outcome, this decision from Guardiola will be seen as a watershed moment. Even a manager of his calibre will think twice or thrice about leaving out a player as crucial and clinical and Sergio Aguero.
Naturally, a lot of people are pretty peeved at this call from Pep.
I don't see leaving Aguero out as a mastermind decision at all. Just plain stupidity!
— GetYourTipsOut (@GetYourTipsOut) October 19, 2016
No Aguero in City's starting XI tonight: pic.twitter.com/Lrut5YrmSI
— Coral (@Coral) October 19, 2016
Yep, we don’t really ‘get’ it either. It could all work out rosy, though!
Sergio Aguero benched tonight. Reports say he sat through the full 90 minutes of Liverpool v Man Utd and was sadly bored to death.
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) October 19, 2016
This might just be the most reasonable explanation we have seen so far.
Most managers would be deemed crazy for leaving their best player on the bench. Guardiola's reputation puts him above all that. Let's see…
— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) October 19, 2016
You don’t want to upset John Cross, Pep.
Wasn't Aguero nursing an injury he picked up for Argentina? Maybe he's still feeling it and Pep is thinking long term??
— Colin Patterson (@clpblue1) October 19, 2016
Oh, come on mate. Don’t spoil the ludicrous fun and overreaction.
People don’t really know whether to be angry or go weak at the knees on this one, understandably so. One thing Guardiola has done, though, is give everyone another reason to blame him if this ends in a City defeat.
Maybe that’s his plan?