Sergio Aguero reveals Pep Guardiola’s brutal assessment of his fitness at Manchester City disclosing that he was once denied to play for weighing more than 80 kilograms!
Sergio Aguero was once deemed “fat” and ineligible to play for Manchester City due to Pep Guardiola’s rigid fitness standards.
On the live stream of the well-known television program El Chiringuito, the former City striker talked about his experience in the Premier League.
At Manchester City, Guardiola has had great success, and a large part of that success can be attributed to his rigid criteria, one of which is the maximum weight that his players are permitted to achieve.
‘If your ideal weight is 79-80kg and you were 80 kilos and 100 grams you would be fined and you don’t play,’ Aguero said.
‘But it can happen! You come across a little bit of chicken for example then you are going to be 50 grams over!’
But did Guardiola really banish Aguero, who left Man City having scored 184 Premier League goals, to the bench over 100 grams?
‘Well the first season we were between fourth and third and he said 2I left you out because you turned up fat this week”. And what was I going to say? He was right… these things happen.
‘He said it in a good way. And at this time I didn’t really have his confidence. But I was always very respectful to the coaches…’
Aguero and Guardiola didn’t appear to see eye-to-eye in the style of play both were looking to adopt on the pitch.
When the Catalan manager first arrived, changing the way Aguero pressed defenders was central to his plans.
‘When I arrived, Guardiola asked me to press the center backs a lot, and then I didn’t have oxygen to attack,’ he added.
‘I wasn’t used to pressing but Guardiola taught me the way to do it.’