Guardiola hails Aguero after City’s win

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was all praise for striker Sergio Aguero. Aguero scored the first hat-trick of this season’s Premier League. This was the second consecutive season where the Argentine scored the first hat-trick.  He thus became the first player to score the opening hat-trick in two Premier League seasons. Aguero’s hat-trick was his 13th for Manchester City and his 9th in the Premier League. He is now tied with Robbie Fowler for the second most number of Premier League hat-tricks.

Manchester City thrashed Huddersfield Town 6-1. Apart from Aguero’s hat-trick, Gabriel Jesus and David Silva both scored one goal each while Terence Kongolo scored an own goal. Huddersfield Town’s solitary goal was scored by Jon Gorenc Stankovic.

Following the match, Guardiola lavished praise on Aguero. He said, “Since I’ve been here, I’ve never seen him like this. The spirit since he came back from the holidays after the World Cup… he is in incredible condition. With the ball and without the ball, he is sharp and intelligent and, of course, his talent to score goals is always there.

The pass was so good, but the finishing is outstanding. I thought to take him off before the hat-trick, but it was perfect. He scored a goal, he got a standing ovation and he can take energy into the next games.”

Guardiola also praised Benjamin Mendy who often came forward in the left flank. Guardiola said, “I don’t know what’s going to happen in the future, but we decided today to play with two strikers in Sergio and Gabriel and they connected really well. In general, all of the players made a good performance. Last season, we could not attack in that way because we did not have Mendy and he has energy to go up and down and he is so clever in the final third with crosses and passes. We could not attack in that way last season, but this season we have him and when he is able to play we can attack in that way.”

Manchester City next play Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday. Wolves lost their league game against 10-man Leicester City yesterday.

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