FIVE pages of build-up, team news, anal­y­sis and com­ment on City’s clash with As­ton Villa

Manchester Evening News - - CITY SPECIAL -

He said in Septem­ber that he had been work­ing on his left-footed fin­ish­ing in train­ing: “I scored three goals this sea­son with my left foot, which used to be my weak­ness. I’m al­ways look­ing for de­vel­op­ment.”

Not only does that make him dead­lier in front of goal, but it also keeps de­fend­ers guess­ing which way he will go.

Aguero has never truly had that. His goals record is dom­i­nated by his right foot – de­fend­ers know what he will do, but stop­ping him is an­other mat­ter.

An as­ton­ish­ing 73 per cent of Kun’s goals in Cham­pi­ons League and Premier League have come from that right foot, with 18 per cent from the left and nine per cent from his head.

Je­sus is an en­tirely dif­fer­ent type of striker, his in­ces­sant work rate and move­ment off the ball cre­at­ing chances for oth­ers.

He has forced Aguero to up his game in both those as­pects, while Aguero’s re­lent­less goalscor­ing is putting pres­sure on Je­sus to in­crease his own strike rate.

They drive each other on – Aguero has al­ready trimmed his Premier League strike rate to one goal ev­ery 108 min­utes this sea­son, keep­ing him way ahead of some top play­ers.

But Je­sus has now moved into the top five all-time Premier League strik­ers in terms of goals per minute.

Be­hind Aguero come Mo Salah (120 mins per goal), Harry Kane (121 mins), Thierry Henry (122 mins) and then Je­sus with 124 min­utes, dis­plac­ing Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang (126 mins).

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