Friday 27 April 2018

Aguero: We're not out of it yet

‘Anything can happen’ in the title race according to Sergio Aguero
‘Anything can happen’ in the title race according to Sergio Aguero

Sergio Aguero wants to put pressure on Premier League leaders Chelsea by claiming victory in the Manchester derby on Sunday.

City go into the derby at Old Trafford in fourth place, one point behind their neighbours after a 2-1 defeat at Crystal Palace on Monday.

Manuel Pellegrini's team are nine points behind Chelsea, who have a match in hand against bottom side Leicester, but Aguero knows better than most that City are not averse to an 11th-hour comeback.

The Argentinian scored a 94th minute winner to wrest the title from United's grasp back in 2012 and he is not giving up on the top prize again just yet.

"Of course we can still win it," the City striker said. "In football, anything can happen - as soon as you think something is certain, then everything changes, we have seen it so many times before and we'll see it again.

"We only focus on ourselves, try to win every game we play and keep pressure on Chelsea."

Pellegrini's team were level with Chelsea on New Year's Day, but the Blues have pulled away recently after City lost three of their last five league games.

United, in contrast, have won their last five matches, and Aguero is wary of the threat Louis van Gaal's team will pose at Old Trafford.

He added: "They are a team with a lot of great individual players, who can form an incredible unit when they work well together. But this season that has not always been the case.

"Some matches they don't seem to play at the maximum, with the attacking qualities that they have in the team. But then in other games, they have really shown that those qualities, so they are a bit unpredictable. We know we will have to be at our very best to beat them - there's no doubt about that."

Irish Independent

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