2019-02-11 by W.M.
Raheem Sterling Says Manchester City ‘Depend On’ Sergio Aguero After Chelsea Win | Bleacher Report
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Raheem Sterling said Manchester City “depend” on striker Sergio Aguero after he scored a hat-trick in their 6-0 demolition of Chelsea on Sunday.
The Argentina international took his tally for the season to 21 at the Eithad Stadium, and Sterling spoke about his team-mate after the final whistle.
“He is a player that we depend on. You see the first strike, he can put the ball in the top corner,” he said, per Dan O’Toole at the Manchester Evening News. “Players like this, you’ve got to cherish them. He was fantastic today and so were the rest of the team.”
Aguero’s hat-trick saw him become Manchester City’s all-time record goalscorer in the Premier League and equal a league record:
Squawka Football @Squawka
Sergio Aguero has now scored 159 league goals for Man City, surpassing Eric Book and Tommy Johnson to become the club’s all-time top league scorer.
Another record for Sergio. 🥇 https://t.co/CtgELG2LMS
It’s also the second home match in a row in which he has scored three goals, and he’s now scored nine hat-tricks at the Etihad Stadium:
9 – Sergio Aguero has scored nine Premier League hat-tricks at the Etihad – the most by a player on a single ground, breaking the record held by Thierry Henry at Highbury (eight hat-tricks). Homely. https://t.co/paQDUIF4PL
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola told BBC Sport (h/t Goal’s Ryan Benson), he admired his striker’s consistency in front of goal.
“I have said many times, Sergio scores every single season a lot of goals,” he said. “I admire these kind of players, the consistency. Young players come, but some stay for a long time, that is fantastic.”
Aguero took to social media after the match to share his thoughts on the victory:
Sergio Kun Aguero @aguerosergiokun
Happy about the win, the hat-trick and for matching an all-times record. It’s my honour and my pleasure to belong to this FC, with great companions, amazing fans, and being part of this wonderful team. C’mon, City!!! https://t.co/BM17BmERe6
The win moves Manchester City back on top of the Premier League table on goal difference (plus-54). They remain level on points with Liverpool but have played a game more than the Reds.