Analysing Sergio Aguero's return to form for Manchester City at West Brom
A strong Manchester City side sitting top of the league but without a win in six. Sergio Aguero, starting, with a point to prove. Up against a West Brom team who have just played Liverpool and Tottenham in consecutive fixtures. On paper, this game could always have been a rout, and Sergio Aguero could not have done a better job to prove his point with two goals and an assist in one of his best performances for a long time.
That meant that Aguero avoided breaking his own record at the club for the longest streak without a goal as he had previously gone six games, albeit three from the bench, without finding the back of the net. In both of his finishes, he showed that there was no rustiness on his part though with exquisite finishes, none more so than his second which curled straight into the top corner past Ben Foster in the Baggies goal.
His assist was also a well worked move, with his individual brilliance finding space and then seeing the pass to set up Ilkay Gundogan to make it three goals to nil late on in the tie. It was one of two chances that the Argentinean created as he returned to be at the heart of all that the Citizens did going forward.
What was vitally important was the new aspect to Aguero’s game, something which we have rarely seen in the past, in that he pressed frequently. A clear sign that he is adapting to the style of Pep Guardiola, Aguero put pressure on the West Brom defence and goalkeeper whenever possible, covering a huge amount of distance compared to his average. It clearly shows that Aguero has learnt from his spell on the bench and is now coming back stronger than ever.
With the tough task of Barcelona on Tuesday night, Aguero will be determined to continue his return to form with another goal as he seeks to maintain his one goal per game ratio that he has managed this season with what would be his 32nd career Champions League goal.
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