Pep Guardiola believes Sergio Aguero can keep improving after two-goal display in Community Shield

Pep Guardiola fired a chilling warning to Manchester City’s rivals, insisting Sergio Aguero is ready to have his most prolific season yet.

The Argentina striker bolstered his position as a City legend yesterday by surpassing the 200 goal mark for the club, scoring both goals in the Community Shield win over Chelsea.

And Guardiola believes Aguero, who scored 30 goals last season, could be on course for his best season yet, insisting the decision for the striker to undergo knee surgery last April will see the South American go from strength to strength.

‘We were really impressed when he arrived (back for pre-season),’ said Guardiola.

‘Sergio always has a little bit (of a problem) with his physicality. Maybe he needs a little bit more time to take his physical condition.

‘But he arrived so sharp, so good. I think at the end of last season, the knee operation; he suffered the previous years with a little bit of a problem and Ramon Cugat the best doctor in the world made the perfect surgery and now he feels free.

‘I think it’s good news for us for the season. He scored two goals, produced chances, he could have scored three or four or five.’

Guardiola was just as high in his praise of Bernardo Silva, who produced an excellent display in City’s midfield.

And the City manager has hinted the Portugal star can break up the Kevin De Bruyne/David Silva central midfield partnership that served his team so well last year.

‘Today the performance of Bernardo Silva was a masterpiece,’ said Guardiola.

‘Everybody knows the wingers want to compete. Right now, it is Bernardo and 10 players more. Right now.

‘But in 11 months it depends on what they show me on the pitch.

‘Always I say the same to the players. “You want to talk to me? Talk to me on the green (grass)”.

‘And that moment Bernardo is far away from other guys so that’s why at the moment he plays.

‘Definitely he can challenge De Bruyne and Silva in that position. He can also play right-back and sometimes the false nine.

‘He is so intelligent, he is clever. He is a fighter, a competitor. I think he is the guy most beloved in our team and today he showed me a lot of things.

‘He came back earlier and that showed me again a lot of things and that’s one of the reasons we won today.

‘It was for many reasons. One of the reasons was Bernardo.’

On winning City’s first piece of silverware of the season, Guardiola added: ‘I am so satisfied. It’s a minor title, everybody is going for the Premier League, the FA Cup or the Champions League.

But to play for this title you have to win the Premier League or the FA Cup so to play this competition is not easy.

‘We are still far away from the physical condition we want to be in; we are far, far away.

The players are in a bad, bad condition and hopefully this week we have seven days and the next week seven days more where we can increase our level.’

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