PL: Aguero shoots City to top spot

Posted September 18, 2017

Pep Guardiola has declared hat-trick hero Sergio Aguero a Manchester City "legend" as the club prepares a party for his goal-scoring exploits.

Guardiola's side have scored 15 goals in their last three fixtures following emphatic wins over Liverpool in the Premier League and Feyenoord in the Champions League.

Aguero opened the scoring in the 27th minute, heading home De Bruyne's superb free kick, and doubled the lead within four minutes when he converted Silva's teasing cross from close range.

City's opener opened the proverbial floodgates as the Argentine striker on 31 minutes, with David Silva's cutback to the six-yard box was tapped into the net from two yards out.

Aguero set up Gabriel Jesus for another, Nicolas Otamendi powered home a header and Raheem Sterling despatched a penalty in the 89th minute to complete the rout.

"We reacted well in the second half and we had one clear penalty - it wouldn't change the score, I'm sure City will win the match - but it would have given us more confidence".

Sergio Aguero has three goals in his last three league appearances against the London side.

"I think my work during the three years I was there was more valued after what City did last season", Pellegrini, who is now coaching Chinese Super League club Hebei China Fortune FC, told Futbol Tactico magazine.

Tottenham are still searching for their first Premier League win at Wembley after a frustrating goalless draw against Swansea in the late kick-off. Watford started the season with a 3-3 thriller at home against Liverpool, and since that game, they have not conceded a goal in the league. To believe we can play good football, but also that we can beat them, we can compete, even in the Champions League. We won a lot of games away in the Premier League [12 out of 19] but this kind of performance [against Watford] we did not see.

In other game Rafa Benitez returned to the bench after surgery as Newcastle secured a 2 - 1 win over Stoke City.

"We have started very well and got eight points and need to know what our goal is".

But Aguero was the one man who impressed the most.

"His numbers speak for themselves".

"The first and third goals are offside; it is not a normal game".

But City provided the Hornets with their first real test from a title contender and they buckled under the pressure.

There are plenty of pros for both men to play: City's back-line is still shaky without Vincent Kompany and Gray's pace could cause them all sorts of problems; by the same token, Deeney's physicality will not make it an easy afternoon for messrs Stone and co either.