Champions League

City boss wants more from Sergio Aguero

2015-10-01 09:14
Sergio Aguero (Getty Images)

Monchengladbach - Manuel Pellegrini is hoping for more goals from Sergio Aguero after his 90th-minute penalty sealed their 2-1 comeback win at Borussia Moechengladbach.

After striker Lars Stindl had put Gladbach ahead at Borussia Park, City came from behind thanks to Andreas Christensen's own goal, then Aguero's late spot-kick in Wednesday's Champions League match.

With 26 goals in 31 games, Aguero was the Premier League's top scorer last season, but this was only his third goal in ten games.

Pelligrini praised his 27-year-old striker for keeping a cool head to drill home the last-minute penalty which breathed life back into City's European aspirations to leave them third in Group D.

"We hope he can score a few more, it's not easy to score in the last minute and he was rewarded for working hard," said Pellegrini.

Pellegrini also singled out City's England goalkeeper Joe Hart, who blocked Raffael's first-half penalty attempt, then saved first-half shots from the Brazilian and Germany winger Patrick Herrmmann.

"Joe made three very important saves for the penalty and after that he produced two more good saves," said the City coach.

"Maybe their keeper didn't have the same saves, but we missed two very clear chances and I think the performance from Joe was very important."

Second-placed City host Newcastle United on Saturday in their last Premier League game for a fortnight and Pellegrini wants to get some of his walking wounded back fit.

Captain Vincent Kompany, Eliaquim Mangala, Gael Clichy, Fabian Delph and Wilfried Bony all missed the Gladbach game.

Stand-in skipper Yaya Toure only lasted a half at Borussia Park after aggravating a leg injury, while David Silva came off with 25 minutes to go.

"Yaya wanted to play from the beginning, but I think 45 minutes was the maximum he could do, same thing for Silva, 65 minutes was enough for him," said Pellegrini.

"We need to intergrate a few players as we have a lot of injuries, it's important to beat Newcastle and then we have 15 days after that when players go to their national teams."-

 

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