In Aguero's absence, Sterling produced the game-breaking contribution and moved level with his esteemed team-mate on eight Premier League goals this season.
40- Goal! After pressing Watford back for the majority of the first half, Man City make the break through! So far Bournemouth have performed well against teams below them in the League but have struggled against some of the better teams, losing to Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal so far.
Ten-man Huddersfield saw their three-match unbeaten run come to an end with a 2-1 defeat to Brighton at the John Smith's Stadium.
Sane is in talks with City about agreeing a new deal, but Guardiola suggested he had not played much of a role in those negotiations.
"In the first half Raheem was not there but then he makes a slalom and changes the game". "I can understand if we had lost the ball, and they'd gone down the other end, but I am trying to waste time, attract a foul", the 23-year-old told The Times.
We find ourselves in a unusual moment as City fans where many in the media seem to be cheerleading for City to slip up, to either make the League more entertaining or as part of some ongoing anti-City bias. Maybe in the future, it is going to help us to do what we're trying to do. "We haven't done enough defensively and weren't clinical enough in attack".
"It is the toughest situation I have to handle", said Guardiola.
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Abdoulaye Doucoure bundled the ball over the line with five minutes remaining to ensure a nervy conclusion for Pep Guardiola's side, but the champions held firm to secure their seventh consecutive Premier League win, and put the pressure firmly back on Liverpool, who travel to Burnley on Wednesday. I think we have just two less points than this time previous year, and what we have done is quite similar, but the contenders are much better. Gave the ball away for Watford's goal.
"The message to the players is that they have to deliver their maximum performance ever in the Premier League in order to do that, so that is the challenge I am going to lay down to them".
"Our coach was a world class player himself, who can perfectly assess everything around those two hard games per week", he said.
"I think it is too early to see how decisive it is", Guardiola said of City's advantage.
The two had come up against each other last month wherein the Citizens emerged victorious 3-1.
Speaking ahead of the club's clash with Watford tonight, Pep Guardiola insisted it is "normal" to have "big rivals who are close to you".