Manchester City got off to a winning start in the Champions League, with Sergio Aguero netting a hat-trick in the 4-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach on Wednesday at the Etihad Stadium. The game was rescheduled for Wednesday as heavy rain in Manchester prevented the game to play be played on Tuesday.
Aguero, 28, opened up the scoring for the homeside in the 9th minute with shot from close range after connecting with a cross from Aleksandar Kolarov. He added the second from the penalty spot in the 28th minute after Ilkay Gundogan was brought down just inside the penalty area.
Aguero then completed the hat-trick in the 77th minute. Kelechi Iheanacho rounded off the scoring with a goal in stoppage time after replacing Aguero with seven minute to go.
City manager Pep Guardiola was delighted with the Argentine’s performance.
“He was good with Manuel, he was good with the national team… I only wanted to convince him that his talent of scoring in the box is natural,” Guardiola told the club’s official website.
“I cannot teach that. He has to know the team around is going to help him. He is going to score a lot of goals.”
Guardiola praised his side for the great form they’ve enjoyed to start the season.
“What these players have done since the beginning – in our games home and away – our players deserve the standing ovation,” Guardiola said. “Hopefully, against Barcelona and Celtic it will happen.
“It’s a good moment to enjoy our football with our fans. That is our future in the Champions League.
“The fans have to know we play for them. It’s our job. We need them in the Champions League to beat the best teams in the world. We cannot make something good in the Champions League in the coming years without them.
“Today was the most important game in the season. Considering the opponent and the pressure, we played really, really good – the players played at a high level.”
City will take on Celtic on the road in their next Champions League fixture on Sept. 28.