Pep Guardiola has said that he will not allow Sergio Aguero or Vincent Kompany to leave Manchester City.

Speculation arose after Aguero wasn’t brought on in last week’s Champions League game against Barcelona until the final 11 minutes and Kompany was left out of the match day squad altogether. However, Guardiola has rejected all claims that the players may be on their way out.

Speaking about the pair Guardiola said, “Vincent Kompany was not fit, was not perfectly fit. That’s why we took a decision. Normally Vincent Kompany is on the bench. He was not fit. Respect to Sergio Aguero – it was a decision, a tactical decision. I wanted one more midfield player in the middle with Kevin De Bruyne. I spoke with Sergio about that, he was so understanding. He helped us a lot from the bench in the last minutes.”

Guardiola also gave his support to goalkeeper Claudio Bravo to come back from the red card he received. Bravo was shown red shortly after half-time for a deliberate handball when City was trailing 1 – 0.

Guardiola said that whenever Bravo makes mistakes “they make the papers” and said that the he has to fight.

In regards to the disappointing result last week he said, “Until the first goal when Fernandinho slipped the game was under control and we were playing really well. But it’s a good lesson. When we have the ball and arrive in the box we need to be more aggressive. When you have a man sent off, it’s about surviving. To become a good journalist you need time – same in my case. If you think after three months we are going to dominate Barca then…”

Manchester City play Southampton later today and if they win the game they will retain the top spot of the table. They haven’t won any of their last four games so the pressure will be felt by all involved.