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Tuesday 17 July 2018

Kompany: City have developed Aguero's big appetite for goals

Aguero struck twice as City moved 13 points clear at the summit on Saturday with a 4-0 thrashing of Bournemouth. Photo: Reuters
Aguero struck twice as City moved 13 points clear at the summit on Saturday with a 4-0 thrashing of Bournemouth. Photo: Reuters

Vincent Kompany claims all of Manchester City’s attacking players have developed Sergio Aguero’s appetite for goals.

City travel to Newcastle tomorrow evening as they bid to extend their record amount of successive Premier League wins to 18 while they enjoy a commanding lead at the top of the table.

Aguero struck twice as City moved 13 points clear at the summit on Saturday with a 4-0 thrashing of Bournemouth.

That double chalked up yet another landmark for Aguero, who became City’s record goalscorer earlier this season, by taking his tally of goals in games at the Etihad Stadium to 101.

But with City also reaching 101 goals in Premier League games in 2017, and 60 for this campaign alone, it is not only the prolific Argentina striker who is delivering.

Most notably Raheem Sterling is enjoying the season of his career, with another strike against the Cherries lifting his total for the campaign to 16 in all competitions.

City captain Kompany said: “These guys are just hungry for more. ‘Kun’ has always been inclined that way but I think everybody else now up front has a feeling of scoring goals, what it means to be the main man. It is something that doesn’t go away.

“Everyone is working hard in training, you can tell, to improve whatever they can to score more goals. That helps the team ultimately. We are in a good position with a lot of guys that want to do well.”

Manager Pep Guardiola, meanwhile, accepts his own popularity with individuals in the dressing room depended entirely on his team selections but is prepared to frustrate his players, Aguero included, as long as the bond within the squad remains at its current level.

“I was a football player, I understand the players being upset, if they don’t play they are sad,” he said.

“I try to have the best relations possible with the players and I understand when they are upset. What is important is the respect between each other. They don’t have to be happy with me, that is not a problem.

“That’s our secret, they have an amazing relation between them. The locker room, with the staff, with the players is a dream to go every day training with them.”

With 55 points from a possible 57 banked at the season’s mid-point, 60 goals scored and just 12 conceded, speculation about City piecing together an ‘invincible’ undefeated season is gathering steam.

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