Sergio Aguero will play the full second half vs Everton in his final home game for Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola named the outgoing club legend on the bench as the Argentine has been struggling with injuries in recent weeks. After the game, City will recognise Aguero’s achievements over a glittering ten-year period.
Although he should be in contention for the Champions League final, the Everton game represents Aguero’s final chance to bid farewell to City fans, who are in the Etihad for the first time since February 2020.
Guardiola said the prospect of lifting the Premier League in front of 10,000 fans was a boost to his side, as he laid out his thinking behind his team selection with the Champions League final in mind.
“Much better,” he said of welcoming fans back. “Much better to take it with them than without them, very pleased.”
On his team selection, and the role Aguero will play, Guardiola said: “Second half, Sergio will play.
“We decide together and he has a little bit niggles and injured, the first target is try to play today.
“The supporters will help us play the best game as possible. Everton away did an exceptional season, always was tough, I try to win the game.”
Defender Kyle Walker also revealed that Guardiola gave a speech to the squad of Aguero’s impact at the club, saying: “The boss has just said a few words now before we came here, for what [Aguero’s] done for the club speaks volumes.
“‘Legend’ gets chucked around a lot but for this club and the Premier League he’s definitely in the bracket of legend.”