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Guardiola hails Silva and Aguero

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Argentine striker Aguero scored a brace to chalk up 400 goals in his career on a day Spanish midfielder Silva played his 400th match for City in all competitions.

Manchester Citys Sergio Aguero (right) celebrates with teammate Bernardo Silva during Sundays EPL fixture against Bournmouth.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola hailed Sergio Aguero’s “unique” skill of sniffing out chances in front of goal, and David Silva’s ability to ghost past defenders after Sunday’s 3-1 Premier League victory at Bournemouth.

Argentine striker Aguero scored a brace to chalk up 400 goals in his career on a day Spanish midfielder Silva played his 400th match for City in all competitions.

“The game was tight and you know everything could happen. And Sergio, you know his sense of goals in the box is unique in the world,” Guardiola told reporters.

“Big compliments to the players it was so important (Aguero’s second goal).”

Before the match Guardiola had said he was “happily wrong” after doubting the diminutive Silva’s ability to succeed in England since signing in 2010 from Valencia.

The 33-year-old left Guardiola lost for words after another classy display in which he provided an assist for forward Raheem Sterling’s goal and Aguero’s second.

“What can I say, everybody knows him,” Guardiola said of Silva, who said in June he would leave the club at the end of the 2019-20 season.

“He has a sense to move between the lines like nobody else in the world – he is a fighter.”

City’s record goalscorer Aguero opened the scoring with help from Belgian playmaker Kevin De Bruyne, who became the quickest in Premier League history to reach 50 assists.

De Bruyne reached the milestone in his 123rd game, eclipsing the record held by Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil who needed 141 matches.

“Congratulations to Kevin … he’s an amazing player,” Aguero posted on the club’s website.

“He and David, their assists are so good. We’re happy because they play for us for the manager with this squad, it’s hard to make decisions on the starting eleven.”

Champions City host Brighton & Hove Albion in the league on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Bolton Wanderers face being expelled from the English Football League (EFL) after a proposed takeover of the troubled League One (third-tier) club collapsed, administrators said yesterday.

Bolton, who have been in administration since May, started the season with a 12-point deduction and manager Phil Parkinson and his assistant Steve Parkin resigned last week.

The club have been given until 6pm SA time today to find a buyer or “give compelling reasons for an extension” after a takeover deal that would have rescued them from liquidation fell through on Saturday.

“In just over 24 hours, the club will have its membership of the EFL revoked,” joint administrator Paul Appleton said in a statement on Bolton’s website.

“Over and above that, the club is currently not in a position to carry on trading and, as such, the process of closing down the company will commence on Wednesday (tomorrow). “This will ultimately lead to its liquidation, the expulsion of the club from the EFL and the inevitable loss of over 150 jobs. More than that, it will devastate a community for whom the football club is a beacon of hope and expectation.”

Founder members of the Football League in 1888, Bolton won the FA Cup three times, in the 1920s and in 1958, but have struggled since being relegated from the Premier League in 2012.

Reuters