London, Jan 24 (IANS) Manchester City head coach Manuel Pellegrini believes Sergio Aguero is back to “100 percent” after the Argentina striker’s brace in the draw against West Ham United in an English Premier League (EPL) match.
City had to settle for a point after Enner Valencia twice put the Hammers ahead on Saturday, only for two Aguero strikes to leave the sides deadlocked.
The result leaves City three points behind leaders Leicester City and although Pellegrini was frustrated at what he described as a “difficult” game, Aguero’s 14th and 15th goals of the season were reasons to be cheerful.
“It was not what we wanted before the game. If you analyse the whole game we had two or three clear chances to score. We hit the post and had one clear chance at the end but it was a difficult game,” the Chilean told city’s official website mcfc.co.uk.
“Kun played very well. He scored two goals, he made the penalty and he had another shot that hit the post. He’s a player that is at 100 per cent now and I’m very pleased with his performance,” the coach added.
Agüero injured a heel in the victory over Southampton in November and then suffered a knee strain a month later in his first match back, the defeat at Arsenal. Despite these and other problems this term the Argentinian has scored 15 times in 22 matches. And on Saturday too, aguero was at this best, even though he failed to help his team win.
The match was frantic, with 26 attempts on goal between the sides, an outcome that was always likely given the players on display according to Pellegrini.
“Both teams had attacking players. West Ham have very difficult players so you must be very concentrated to try and stop them and with our team the same thing. That makes the game more open,” reflected the Chilean.
“We always try to play with creative and attacking players. It was important when we were losing 2-1 to put Kelechi on because he plays very well with Kun and that is what allowed us to score the second goal.”