Pep Guardiola: 'Vincent Kompany, Sergio Aguero will stay at Manchester City'

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City know that a point away at Watford on Sunday will secure them a place in next season's Champions League.

Vincent Kompany feared his season was "dead and buried" before returning to captain Manchester City to a place in the Champions League.

City could still miss out altogether if they lose, Liverpool overcome Middlesbrough and Arsenal improve their goal difference by at least five in the process of beating Everton.

Pablo Zabaleta was given an emotional send-off following City's final home game of the season last week, having informed the club that the time is right for him to leave when his deal expires this summer. They are safe from relegation, but will be looking to put up a strong show at Vicarage Road.

Man City will reportedly make an £80m bid to Sporting Lisbon to try and prise pair William Carvalho and Gelson Martins to the Etihad.

"The club had to make a decision".

A horrid defensive mix-up and sliced clearance by Heurelho Gomes ended with Jose Holebas clearing a Jesus header off the line after just 50 seconds.

Aguero has now scored 20 plus goals six times in seven seasons for City more than Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry.

Guardiola still faces issues with his defence, which was evident when they failed to maintain a clean sheet against West Brom even as only three minutes remained on the clock. However, there is no guarantee his form won't slip next season as he looks to establish himself as a top-class player.

Mazzarri's squad will be without Sebastian Prodl after his late sending off in the game against Chelsea. "We need to be really focused in the key moments in the boxes, both for us and against us".

Furthermore, Stefano Okaka could start in this game after coming off the bench to score at Stamford Bridge. He has played 45 times across the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and EFL Cup this time around. "Not work harder, but play better, to be closer to them".

"I wish the fans were informed of what happened during the season".

His positive mood belied comments by Guardiola earlier this week, when he said he would have been sacked by former clubs Bayern Munich and Barcelona for the season he has just had. Tottenham were second and one of the best teams of the world playing football.

Gomes was not ready to hoist the white flag as he twice denied Aguero the matchball before the Argentinian concluded his most prolific season in City colours by making way for Kelechi Iheanacho. Before referees arrive to see a situation, the players are much, much faster, that is why they need technology.

Guardiola confident of a victory?

Even before kick-off, this never felt like a match in which Manchester City were going to slip up.

  • Julie Sanders