‘I expected Aguero to have magic shoes on or something’
SEAn Longstaff says seeing that Argentina star Sergio Aguero didn’t have ‘magic shoes’ on was what settled him down ahead of his first game against Manchester City.
The academy graduate made his third league start for the Magpies against Man City at St James’ Park back in January, 2019 and helped his boyhood club earn a memorable win against the champions.
Aguero fired the visitors in front with just 24 seconds on the clock but Salomon Rondon equalised midway through the second half before a late penalty from Matt Ritchie gave United all three points.
After the game, Pep Guardiola admitted that City ‘could not cope’ with newcastle’s holding midfielders, Longstaff ( right) and Isaac Hayden.
“I remember standing in the tunnel and you look next to you and you’ve got Aguero, [Kevin] De Bruyne, [Eden] Hazard and Willian,” he said.
“They’re the best players in the world that are stood next to you and if you think of them as those type of people, you will be in awe of them and you won’t get close to them and you won’t be able to play against them, really.
“So, for me, it was just thinking, ‘They’re normal people’. I remember thinking, ‘They’re playing in the same game as me so as much as they are good, they can’t be that good if I’m playing in the same game as them. I was just as good as them to be able to play against them’.
“They were the things that I had to get in my head to be able to play against them, really. That is the only thing I remember thinking. “I walked out next to Aguero for the Man City game and I looked at his boots. It sounds so stupid but I was like, ‘They’re just normal Puma boots he has got on. He’s got normal boots on. He’s another football player’.
“I don’t know why I expected him to have magic shoes on or something! You’re going to play a football game and that was the way of me simplifying it to try and perform to my best against him.”
■ newcastle United decided to keep trialist Florent Indalecio until the end of the season.
The 23-year-old has until May to prove he is worthy of a permanent deal with the club after being released by St Etienne.