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Guardiola full of praise for hit-trick hero

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola praised hit-trick hero Sergio Aguero’s natural goalscoring ability after Borussia Moenchengladbach 4-0 win in City Champions League opener.

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Sergio Aguero’s natural goalscoring ability pleases the Team Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola

Aguero opened the scoring on eight minutes with a clinical finish and added a second just before the half-hour mark from the penalty spot.

The Argentina striker netted his ninth goal in five games this season when he slotted past visiting keeper Yann Sommer in the 77th minute.

Guardiola, who joined City in the close season from Bayern Munich, refused to take any credit for Aguero’s incredible start to the campaign, but said he is encouraging the striker to work hand in hand with his team mates.

“Sergio is good because he is good. He was good with (former City manager) Manuel (Pellegrini) and he is good with the national team,” Guardiola told reporters.

“He just has a talent to score goals that is natural, I cannot teach him that.

“What I can tell him is there is a team behind him that is going to help him. I want to convince him to help them and if it happens in that way he’s going to score a lot of goals, just like Kele (Kelechi Iheanacho) and all our strikers.”

Aguero has scored nine goals in five matches under Guardiola so far this season.

By Matthews Moraba

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