Aguero back for Barcelona rematch

November 01, 2016
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero (left) celebrates with teammate Raheem Sterling after scoring his second goal against West Brom in the English Premier League last Saturday.

MANCHESTER, England (AP):

There's no way Pep Guardiola will be leaving out Sergio Aguero this time.

Aguero was on the bench at the start of Manchester City's 4-0 loss at Barcelona in the last round of Champions League matches, leaving many to question the sense in Guardiola omitting possibly his best player for such a big match against his old club.

Guardiola did it for tactical reasons, using playmaker Kevin De Bruyne in a withdrawn striker role to give City an extra body in midfield.

For the return match at City today, Aguero will be back in City's team.

Aguero gave a reminder of his finishing ability with two excellently taken goals in a 4-0 win over West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Saturday.

The win over West Brom also ended City's six-game winless run and it was ideal timing, given Barcelona and their superstar strike force of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar heading to Etihad Stadium with nine points from a possible nine in Group C.

City are in second place, five points behind Barcelona and one ahead of Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Barcelona's most pressing concerns are in defence, with left back Jordi Alba and centre backs Gerard Pique and Jeremy Mathieu all out. Luis Enrique will probably field a makeshift defence of Lucas Digne, Samuel Umtiti, Javier Mascherano and Sergi Roberto. Midfielder Andres Iniesta is also injured for the match.

Today's matches:

12:45 p.m: Besiktas vs Napoli

2:45 p.:m: Atl. Madrid vs FK Rostov

2:45 p.m: B. Monchengladbach vs Celtic

2:45 p.m: Basel vs Paris SG

2:45 p.m: Benfica vs Dyn Kiev

2:45 p.m: Ludogorets vs Arsenal

2:45 p.m: Manchester City vs Barcelona

2:45 p.m: PSV vs Bayern Munich

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