Sergio Aguero's rescue act keeps Pep Guardiola's dream alive

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring their second goal from the penalty spot Action Images via Reuters  John Sib

He was raised in Norway after his family fled the war in Kosovo and was picked up by Manchester City as a teenager and was coached by Patrick Vieria at the club's much-vaunted Academy.

"We are in the dark ourselves over the non-use of VAR here and that it would only be used in Premier League stadiums", the spokesman told Press Association Sport.

But Guardiola, 48, believes the Citizens' success should be judged by how far they consistently go in competitions rather than just silverware.

Substitute Aguero beat Swansea keeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt with a diving header off Bernardo Silva's low cross at the end of a superb move in the 88th minute.

Guardiola continued: "The most incredible thing after what we achieved last season is in this stage we are fighting for everything. I know I'll be a failure if I don't win all the titles, I'm sorry", the City boss quipped.

"That is the best lesson".

The win saw City keep their hopes of winning a famous quadruple alive, though Guardiola is not getting carried away thinking about such achievements.

"They asked all the clubs if they want VAR and we said we want VAR all season".

Sergio Aguero was then in an offside position when he scored the victor in the 88th minute, but the Video Assistant Referee was not in use as the game was not being played at a Premier League ground.

City, who last won the FA Cup in 2011, showed their fighting qualities as they survived a scare against Swansea thanks to Sergio Aguero's late victor.

City piled on the pressure in the second half and Bernardo Silva halved the deficit after 69 minutes before Aguero's penalty hit a post and rebounded off goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt and then City snatched a late victor.

Guardiola said: 'If it is not a penalty, and it is offside like the people say, I'm sorry. "Swansea's stadium could have been equipped for VAR, they were a Premier League team not long ago and they will feel hard done by tonight and rightly so".

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