Remodeled Aguero finally gets Guardiola's seal of approval


"We are there and we are going to travel to London to try and finish third and go direct to the Champions League".

It was the Brazilian's sixth goal in seven starts for City and came from a position on the right of a formidable five-man attacking line.

Pablo Zabaleta of Manchester City (L) looks dejected after the Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad Stadium on January 21, 2017 in Manchester, England.

West Brom were fortunate to make it to half-time only 2-0 down, but City did add the third 12 minutes after the break.

Sane was heavily involved as City chased the breakthrough and the Germany worldwide should have done better than dragging a bouncing shot wide when Aguero played him through in the 17th minute. "It will be only for three or four years.' So I'll have to say sorry - it's been nine years!"

However, De Bruyne then set up Jesus for a tap-in in the 27th minute, and the confidence emerged from the hosts. Zabaleta's farewell to the Etihad Stadium provided the backdrop to the game but he may not be the only player leaving this summer. Guardiola wants his strikers to contribute to the build-up play and offer more than just their goalscoring abilities.

Jesus forced Foster to save three times as City chased another goal but it was West Brom who had the final word when Robson-Kanu turned in from Allan Nyom's cross.

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With Guardiola famed for his work his youngsters from Barcelona to Munich, and Iheanacho genuinely one of the best young talents around, it seemed to be a match made in heaven; there's nothing Guardiola's constantly whirring brain loves more than a malleable youngster.

"We are very excited to play it in front of our passionate American fans".

"My favourite moments were when we beat Manchester United in the (FA Cup) semi-final at Wembley (in 2011) and the first Premier League we won with Sergio Aguero's goal (in 2012)", Zabaleta told fans in an on-pitch address.

"I will enjoy my last few days with the club, there's still one more game left to play".

West Brom boss Tony Pulis: "City deserved to win the game - they were better than us".

Aguero has scored four goals and assisted another two in his four previous home Premier League games against West Brom. You've got to take your chances and, not tonight, but in other games we have been well in them.