Even though he’s considered to be one of Manchester City’s all-time greatest players and netted one of the most important goals in the club’s history, Sergio Aguero’s importance to the Citizens under Pep Guardiola has been questioned of late.
Having started the season in electric form, the Argentine slid out of his new manager’s plans over the winter period, which culminated in Brazilian teenager Gabriel Jesus being parachuted straight into the starting XI upon his January arrival from Palmeiras. As we all know, the youngster has been ruled out for the bulk of the rest of the season after picking up a nasty injury, leaving Guardiola dependent on Aguero once again, and if his performance vs. Monaco in the thrilling 5-3 Champions League win at the Etihad Stadium is anything to go by, that’s not big issue…
Aguero was simply breathtaking in a game that was a thriller for lovers of attacking football, with his two goals and assist vital. Interestingly, the 28-year-old was more heavily involved in the all-round play than he may have been in the past, making more passes (30) than his forward partners Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling, while firing more shots (four) than any other Man City player and even putting in four tackles, illustrating his pressing from the front.
Guardiola may just have moulded one of the greatest striker of the modern era into a player suited to his own demanding system.