Guardi­ola hails Aguero as City ‘leg­end’

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WAT­FORD: Pep Guardi­ola wants Man­ches­ter City to pay trib­ute to Ser­gio Aguero when the Ar­gen­tine “leg­end” be­comes their record goalscorer.

Aguero grabbed a hat-trick in City’s 6-0 rout of Wat­ford at Vicarage Road on Sat­ur­day and stands just two goals be­hind Eric Brook’s all-time mark of 177 in the 1920s and 1930s.

City boss Guardi­ola be­lieves it is now sim­ply a ques­tion of when, not if, Aguero claims the record as his own and he hopes his club mark the oc­ca­sion in style.

“Ser­gio now needs three goals to beat the record. It will be soon,” he said. “Hope­fully we can make a good cel­e­bra­tion be­cause he’s a leg­end, a part of the his­tory of the club. That’s good for him.”

Guardi­ola also paid trib­ute to Aguero’s un­selfish­ness af­ter dis­obey­ing Guardi­ola’s or­ders to al­low Ra­heem Ster­ling to take the 89th-minute penalty which com­pleted the rout of Wat­ford.

“Ser­gio showed again what a good guy he is. I like penal­ties to be taken by the penalty taker, but I un­der­stand that Ra­heem cre­ated the penalty and it was with my bless­ing that Ser­gio gave it to him when it is al­ready 0-5,” Guardi­ola said.

Gabriel Je­sus and Ni­co­las Ota­mendi were City’s other goalscor­ers as they leapt over Man­ches­ter neigh­bours United to the top of the Pre­mier League ta­ble.

Un­like last sea­son when his side’s thrilling start to the cam­paign saw them win 10 straight games in all com­pe­ti­tions only to end the sea­son with­out a tro­phy, Guardi­ola be­lieves his side are bet­ter equipped to main­tain their form in this cam­paign.

“I think we are more sta­ble now. The play­ers know me bet­ter, I know them bet­ter. The fun­da­men­tals are the same as last sea­son but we have good play­ers and a good spirit,” he said.

Mean­while Liver­pool man­ager Juer­gen Klopp ad­mit­ted his side must im­prove de­fen­sively af­ter more prob­lems at the back cost them two home points in a 1-1 draw with Burn­ley.

Liver­pool dom­i­nated against Sean Dy­che’s team but had to come from be­hind with Mo­hamed Salah res­cu­ing a point for Klopp af­ter mis­takes had gifted Scott Ar­field the open­ing goal for the vis­i­tors.

“It feels strange, it feels wrong but it is a fact we drew,” said Klopp. “A lot of parts of the game I was re­ally happy with. We made seven changes but we were still re­ally flu­ent, of­fen­sive foot­ball, dom­i­nant foot­ball.

“We cre­ated a fin­ish­ing sit­u­a­tion of­ten enough, it could have been more of­ten. It was a very dis­ci­plined per­for­mance from the op­po­nent but also dis­ci­plined from my side.

“It was a dis­ci­plined per­for­mance but just that one goal. This is where we have to im­prove.”

AP

Man­ches­ter City’s Ser­gio Aguero, right, scores his side’s first goal against Wat­ford.

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