Aguero gets hat-trick as City go top

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

Ser­gio Aguero sent a re­minder of his class with an “amaz­ing” hat-trick as Manch­ester City climbed to the top of the Premier League and sent an omi­nous warn­ing to their ti­tle ri­vals with a 6-0 vic­tory at Wat­ford yes­ter­day.

Aguero’s 10th hat-trick in City sky blue took his goal tally for the club to 175 - two fewer than all-time top scorer Eric Brook - but in­cred­i­bly his fu­ture at the Eti­had had been ques­tioned fol­low­ing the emer­gence of 20-year-old Gabriel Je­sus.

The tal­ented Brazil­ian, who joined the club in Jan­uary lead­ing many to doubt whether the two could both play in Pep Guardi­ola’s fluid sys­tem. Je­sus has scored 12 goals in 16 Premier League games in­clud­ing one in the rout at Wat­ford.

How­ever, the Ar­gen­tine has six goals in as many games in all com­pe­ti­tions this sea­son, and has formed a lethal part­ner­ship with Je­sus to cat­a­pult the red-hot blues to the Premier League sum­mit. “Aguero’s num­bers speak for them­selves - he is amaz­ing,” Guardi­ola told the BBC. “I am es­pe­cially happy for his third goal be­cause he was so clever and fast in the box and has the power to beat one or two play­ers and score. I am so happy for him be­cause we need him and his goals.

“It’s im­por­tant for us that both our strik­ers are scor­ing goals. When Gabriel came last sea­son we can­not for­get he had just seven or eight games be­cause he was in­jured im­me­di­ately. “We scored a lack of goals last sea­son so we thought that maybe they should play to­gether be­cause Gabriel, when he came, was also striker.

“He’s a fighter and he helps us in many many ways. He has a goal scor­ing sense. To­day, he fought for one goal and scored an­other one.” City have 13 points from five games and this week beat ti­tle ri­vals Liverpool 5-0 and Feyeno­ord 4-0 in the Cham­pi­ons League.

Guardi­ola, how­ever, was quick to call for calm af­ter a sim­i­larly im­pres­sive start last sea­son ended tro­phy­less. “We started last sea­son sim­i­larly win­ning 10 games in a row. We’re still at the be­gin­ning of the sea­son but we know ex­actly what we have to do.

“This kind of per­for­mance, and the way we played, is com­pletely down to the qual­ity of the play­ers. We can win at home, away - it doesn’t mat­ter where. We play foot­ball to at­tack and we did that to­day.” —Reuters

WAT­FORD: Manch­ester City’s Ar­gen­tinian striker Ser­gio Aguero (2R) scores the team’s first goal dur­ing the English Premier League foot­ball match be­tween Wat­ford and Manch­ester City at Vicarage Road Sta­dium in Wat­ford, north of Lon­don yes­ter­day.—AFP

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