Manchester City take on Chelsea in the Champions League final this evening and Pep Guardiola should unleash Sergio Aguero against Thomas Tuchel’s side.
The Citizens travel to Portugal to take on their Premier League rivals and can secure an impressive treble with victory against the Stamford Bridge outfit, having already secured the Premier League and Carabao Cup this season.
Recent meetings between the two sides have seen Chelsea triumph, as they beat a much-changed City side 1-0 in the FA Cup semi-final before winning 2-1 at the Etihad, with the Citizens winning 3-1 when the two sides met at Stamford Bridge back in January, although that was under Frank Lampard and the Blues are very much a different kettle of fish under Tuchel.
If Guardiola wants to get the better of his German opposite number on Saturday night, then he should perhaps consider starting Aguero, despite the Argentinian’s lack of game time in the Premier League this season.
The legendary forward started just seven games in the top-flight this season and Saturday will be his last ever appearance as a Manchester City player, as he prepares to join Barcelona following the expiry of his contract.
However, it is not only for sentimental reasons that the 32-year-old should start the final, as he also boasts a superb record against Chelsea in his City career.
In 22 games against the West London side, Aguero has scored an impressive 15 goals, which is joint-most with Newcastle United as the most he’s scored against any side in his career.
Granted, it should be 16, after he attempted a horrible panenka penalty in the 2-1 defeat against Chelsea the last time the two sides met, which was easily saved by Edouard Mendy, but this should be further motivation for Aguero to redeem himself in the final.
Back in 2014, the £22.5m-rated striker vowed that he would not leave Manchester City until they became European Champions, so it almost feels written in the stars that he will play a big part in the final to help Guardiola’s side to victory before departing the club as a legend.
Whilst he has struggled at times this season, he was struggling with injuries and was struck down by the current viral outbreak which certainly impacted his match fitness, but he emphasised his immense quality from the bench in the 5-0 win against Everton last weekend, so will be in confident form ahead of the final.
Therefore, Guardiola should definitely consider starting the “sublime” striker against Chelsea on Saturday night, as he could be the game-changer in a game where City cannot afford to miss the chances they will inevitably create.
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