City star out of Manchester derby

Roberto Firmino

Liverpool remain eight points clear at the top of the Premier League

City claimed a valuable Premier League victory over Chelsea on Saturday, despite recording the lowest share of possession any Pep Guardiola side has managed in a top-flight game.

Chelsea dropped from third position to fourth on the Premier League standings after their 2-1 defeat against Manchester City in which the Etihad club moved to the other direction.

Sergio Aguero will miss next month's Manchester derby after being ruled out for "a few weeks" with a thigh injury, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola said yesterday. I don't know exactly. He has a tendon problem in front - so it will be a few games out.

It has been feared that the 31-year-old could now face an extended spell on the sidelines, as City approach a hectic festive period which could have a huge bearing on this season's title race.

Pushed further on the matter, he added: "Maybe we will have a miracle but I don't think so". "I don't like it when my friends are injured but I work hard every day".

Jesus admitted it was frustrating to be on the bench regularly but he is not complaining.

"If we don't do it, I'm not going to retire but I'm going to be disappointed", Guardiola was quoted as saying by Goal. In football I know we want to win but just win once and the other is disaster?

Guardiola was also asked about the future of his highly rated assistant Mikel Arteta, who has again been linked with his former club Arsenal.

"Of course he (Arteta) will be a manager sooner or later", said the City boss.

Aguero is City's leading scorer in the Premier League this season, with nine to his name from 12 outings. "We are going to live without him for a while".

Victory will see City wrap up Group C with a match to spare, making the trip to Dinamo Zagreb on December 11 a dead rubber.

"In these three years and half, people can say we play good or bad but give up?" We have the chance to close the group stage - we know them quite well and they know us.

Guardiola was unable to give a specific time-frame but he says the Argentinean worldwide will be out for a number of games and the Independent claims the striker is certain to miss the visit of Manchester United next month.

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