Guardiola backs Aguero to recover from penalty pain

“Never prioritise,” he said. “Of course when we play in the league, it’s a little bit different but for the other competitions the next one is the most important game.

“I’m going to see how the international players are physically, their mentality, their mental approach. Some of the players recover quickly, others need more time.

“Tomorrow is the most important game. I don’t know what’s going to happen against Everton so the approach for the next one is to win tomorrow.”

Meanwhile Guardiola paid tribute to Everton manager Ronald Koeman, the former Dutch international whom he played alongside at Barcelona in the 1990s.

“I think he was one of the first central defenders with the quality not just to defend,” Guardiola said. 

“Johan Cruyff (the then Barcelona manager) bought Koeman to show us, to teach us why we need a central defender like Ronald.

“He was one of the few guys that I never saw fail in important games — he always played well. I never saw him play a bad, bad game in the Champions League.

“His quality was the big build-up, amazing long balls, 40-metre quick balls. He was by far one of the best central defenders I’ve ever met.”

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