Guardi­ola has helped me - Aguero

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Manch­ester City striker Ser­gio Aguero has cred­ited man­ager Pep Guardi­ola for help­ing him through the dis­ap­point­ment of his last stint on in­ter­na­tional duty with Ar­gentina.

Aguero missed a penalty as La Al­bice­leste went down 1-0 to Paraguay and they now lan­guish sixth in the CONMEBOL World Cup qual­i­fi­ca­tion stand­ings.

The 28-year-old was car­ry­ing a calf com­plaint at the time and re­turned to City as a sub­sti­tute against Ever­ton last month – com­ing off the bench to sim­i­larly fail from 12 yards in a 1-1 draw.

Guardi­ola then in­fa­mously left Aguero out of his start­ing line-up for the 4-0 de­feat at Barcelona in the Cham­pi­ons League, prompt­ing ru­mours of a rift be­tween player and man­ager.

The for­mer Atletico Madrid star has since re­sumed his role in City’s first XI and has 14 goals in 15 ap­pear­ances for the club this sea­son, and he main­tains his long-term fu­ture re­mains at the Eti­had Sta­dium.

“I never had problems with Guardi­ola, nor him with me. He al­ways helped me and gave me ad­vice,” Aguero told Amer­ica’s ESPN ra­dio.

“Af­ter the game with Paraguay, South I was emo­tion­ally very bad. Guardi­ola helped me a lot. Guardi­ola told me to try not to pay so much at­ten­tion to what is said. He makes me fo­cus on win­ning.

“For now I’m fine at Manch­ester City, and the day I leave it will be to re­turn to [his boy­hood club] In­de­pen­di­ente.

“How long has it been ru­moured about Real Madrid? I’m very happy at City and more so now with Pep.

“This month I’ve been think­ing very pos­i­tively. In the last few weeks my head has changed a lot.”

Next on the agenda for Ar­gentina is a piv­otal show­down with bit­ter ri­vals and group lead­ers Brazil on Thurs­day, where Lionel Messi will make a wel­come come­back hav­ing missed the re­cent run of two points from the last three matches through in­jury.

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