Sergio Aguero insists he is ‘ready’ to start for Manchester City in the Champions League semi-final against PSG after his goal against Crystal Palace put the club on the brink of the Premier League title
- Sergio Aguero was delighted with his goal in the victory versus Crystal Palace
- Aguero scored his first goal since March and completed 90 minutes in 2-0 win
- Striker, who is set to leave this summer, says he is ready to start against PSG
- He’s one goal off Wayne Rooney’s record of Premier League goals for one club
Sergio Aguero is one goal away from equalling Wayne Rooney’s record of 183 Premier League strikes for a single club.
Aguero’s opener at Crystal Palace on Saturday put Manchester City within touching distance of a third league crown in four years.
The 32-year-old is set to leave the Etihad Stadium this summer but looks likely to do so having edged beyond Rooney’s numbers for Manchester United.
Sergio Aguero was delighted with his goal as Manchester City overcame Crystal Palace
‘How many times has he done it?’ manager Pep Guardiola said. ‘What a goal, what a player and what a man. I’m completely in love with him. He is an absolute top legend, an extraordinary player.
‘The people cannot believe it but we’ve missed him. We haven’t been able to use him many times, but maybe we got him back at the right time. He knows he has a special quality.’
Aguero has been left frustrated by a lack of game time in his farewell campaign for City – this only his fourth start since October – but intends to go out with a bang.
The experienced striker says that he is ready to start against Paris Saint-Germain if called upon
The Argentine, who is drawing interest from Barcelona over a free transfer in the coming months, is likely to be given a run of league games now City have effectively sealed the title.
‘Finally I could play, I’m so happy,’ the club’s all-time leading scorer said in a rare television interview.
‘All I needed in the box was one touch or two touches. Finally I got the goal. I’m so happy about that.
City manager Pep Guardiola has often favoured fielding a side without a striker this season
‘It was a long time that I hadn’t played 90 minutes. The goal was good because maybe we can win the Premier League.
‘We wait for tomorrow. Every game is difficult, but we wait for tomorrow. Of course if Liverpool win it’s better.’
Guardiola added: ‘The goal against QPR in 2012 – 93 minutes 20 seconds – is the history of this club. Even if we win the Champions League, nothing can compare to that moment.
‘Today again, it was 0-0 and his control, the action, he has shown again what he is. I’m incredibly delighted that he is back. He was injured a long time. He’s trained really well in the past few weeks. He’s another weapon we have. And he is the most humble human being: that is not easy to find.’
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