Manchester City and Aguero ends their bad run against West Brom
Manchester City got a big relief as they returned to the top of the Premier League with a 4-0 victory over West Brom ending their six game run without a win. It was also Pep Guardiola’s worst run as a manager, considering at top level. But, City proved you can’t keep a quality side like them keep mum for a long time, especially with persona like Guardiola at sideline.
Sergio Aguero started the scoring with Ilkay Gundogan’s through ball to take lead. Then, he hurt Baggies again as he punished hesitant defenders with a powerful, top-corner finish. It proved City’s bad run was all about Aguero’s missing from finding the net, because his last goals for City came in the 3-1 league victory at Swansea on 24 September, which was also City’s most recent win before today.
West Brom who beats Chelsea in midweek in EFL Cup fourth round failed to make an impression, and City took their chances. Ilkay Gundogan joined the party in second-half as he served himself brace, first slotted from Aguero’s chip and then Kevin de Bruyne made things easier for the German.
Earlier in the day, Arsenal won 4-1 at Sunderland , and temporarily managed first place on the table, but City with their win move once again at top of the table with 23 points. Although, three teams are head to head with 23 points after 10 matches, but City leads them on goal difference.
Tony Pulis’ West Brom side never looked like challenging City, but Gareth McAuley do hit the post late on, and should have got one back at 2-0 through Salomon Rondon. With their defeat, baggies slipped to 15th and are now without a win in their past five games.
Gundogan started late catching on Premier League intensity, but he is one of the shining prospect in City lineup lately. Aguero first strike was a result of a clever run, matched equally by Gundogan’s quality pass into the space between West Brom’s two centre-backs.
Aguero second didn’t need second invitation. McAuley and Jonas Olsson both should have cleared a loose ball on the edge of the box but hesitated, allowing the 28-year-old to set himself up and smash home. Argentine striker finds his seventh league goal to join Chelsea’s Diego Costa at top of scoring chart. It ends his spell of six matches without a goal, just like City ends their run without a win.
Aguero owned first-half, but Pulis’ men found themselves back on track in 2nd half. Baggies might have got themselves back in it when Rondon miscued his finish when meeting James McClean’s excellent cross, and Claudio Bravo almost gifted the Venezuela striker a goal when he rashly came to clear and left his goal exposed, but Rondon’s header bounced just wide.
Manchester City pressure was off, and they were lethal on the break with kind of effort Aguero was putting in. He missed his hat-trick, but assisted Gundogan with his fantastic dinked pass through the back line which German midfielder clinically slide the ball past Ben Foster. Then again, Gundogan finds the net with help of De Bruyne thorough pass and gave his best performance in Blue’s shirt since his arrival from Borussia Dortmund in the summer.
Guardiola must be happy with the performances of his lads, it’s always a relief to get an emphatic win to lift the morale after a bad run. But, this win also made clear that City can’t win the game with more attacking midfielders in the middle, they need a central striker. The day Aguero finds himself netting again, Manchester City started winning again.