Telegraph: Aguero enjoying 'tough love' regime at City
- 14 December 2013 08:14
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
He’s in the form of his life but there’s even more to come from Sergio Aguero, according to the man himself.
In a revealing interview with the Telegraph’s Mark Ogden, Sergio had lifted the lid on the high standards required to work under Manuel Pellegrini.
The Quilmes-born striker has been dubbed the third best player in the world by the Chilean this season but Aguero admits that the feedback isn’t always so glowing from the new boss.
“He does praise me, yes, but don’t think he does not criticise me too,” Agüero said, as he reflected on Pellegrini’s assessment. “He can be tough, and he will criticise when he has to, he will tell it as it is when you need to be told.
“Like during the Southampton game recently he thought I was getting too overexcited when I was trying to finish chances, so he wanted me to calm down when I have a scoring opportunity. He also wants me to come back and defend more on occasions.”
Aguero also revealed that he is doing his utmost to convince some of his Argentina teammates to join him at the club.
“With Argentina, we have big chats and we all get together quite often on international trips,” Agüero said. “Whether it is [Ezequiel] Lavezzi telling us about PSG, [Gonzalo] Higuain about Napoli or Messi about Barcelona, we all talk about what is going on at our own clubs.
“Messi hasn’t asked me particularly about City, but yes, we do all talk about our own clubs because we are keen to know what is going on. But of course I say that here [City] is the best and that they should all come and sign.”
Tell Lionel about the Trafford Centre, Serge - that'll seal the deal...
Elsewhere, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that his side may have the psychological edge ahead of this afternoon’s top-of-the-table clash at the Etihad Stadium.
The Frenchman informed journalists at his pre-match press conference that the Gunners have learned the lessons from their only away league defeat of the season so far.
Arsenal lost 1-0 across town at Old Trafford earlier in the campaign but the 64-year old revealed that his team won’t make the same mistakes again and will come out on the front foot against City in a few hours’ time.
“What we can learn from Old Trafford is that it took us one half to be completely ourselves,” Wenger said. “I think we have learned from that and we will go into the game [at City] on full cylinders.
“I believe first of all that you need a strong defensive performance and maybe the best way to do that is to attack and [keep] the ball and not let them find their flow.
“Let's not forget as well that if you are in City's position and they lose, then they’re nine points behind, so they have more negative pressure than we have."
“We have a positive pressure that we can make a big difference with them, so let's look at it like that.”
“Tottenham have joined the race to sign Edin Dzeko as they step up plans to reinforce their front line,” the story reads.
“But the Manchester City striker is keen to stay at Etihad Stadium until the end of the season before deciding on his next club.
“Spurs have expressed an interest in the Bosnia international, who is also being closely monitored by Inter and Napoli.”
Remember all outgoings and incomings will be reported first here on the official club website.
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