Sergio Aguero put on a vintage performance on Saturday as Manchester City thrashed Newcastle United 6-1. The Argentinian striker scored five goals, making him the fifth player in Premier League history to score five goals in a game.
Aguero joins a very exclusive group of players that includes legend Alan Shearer, Andy Cole, Dimitar Berbatov and Jermain Defoe.
City was struggling in the first half against a Newcastle team that took the lead after just 18 minutes as Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic put the ball into the back of the net from close range.
With just a couple of minutes to go until halftime, Aguero scored his first of the night with a header of his own.
In the second half, City took control of the game and dominated Newcastle. Aguero scored in the 49th and 50th minute to give City a two-goal lead and give himself a hat-trick. Kevin De Bruyne broke up the Aguero goal fest as he made it 4-1 in the 53rd minute. Aguero then completed his magical night with goals in the 60th and 62nd minutes.
City manager Manuel Pellegrini was delighted with the performance of Aguero as he spoke to mcfc.co.uk after the game.
“I’m happy for Kun, he deserves it. He makes the difference. In the last game he missed chances but he was calm and that was key.
“To see him play at the level he played at today… not only he must be happy but all the fans.
“It’s always amazing to see a player score five goals, the important thing is that Kun did it today in a difficult game when we were 1-0 down.”
The five goals bring Aguero’s total up to six league goals. He’s now one goal behind Leicester City forward Jamie Vardy who leads with seven. Last season, Aguero won the Golden Boot after scoring 26 league goals in 33 games. He finished last season with 32 goals in 42 appearances in all competitions, which was his most productive season with City since coming over from Atletico Madrid in 2011.
Pellegrini wasn’t the only one who had kind words to say about Aguero after the win over Newcastle as De Bruyne and Joe Hart also praised the 27-year-old Argentine.
“He is a remarkable player who can score goals from nothing and it’s a pleasure to play alongside him,” De Bruyne told mcfc.co.uk. “I thought he did really well in the second-half.”
“It’s about time he scored for us!,” Hart said. “He’d be the first to say that, too. But it was always going to end and when it did, the floodgates opened.
“He’s the same player whether he scores or doesn’t score and he’ll continue to make and score chances and if he has a run where he doesn’t score, he won’t let it affect him.”
Pellegrini also spoke about Aguero’s relatively poor start of the season, as he only had one league goal heading into the game against Newcastle, and admitted he never had any doubts that Aguero would get going sooner or later.
“He knows playing the way we play, and with his quality he will score,” Pellegrini said.
“For me it was very important to have this style of play, that we will continue always.
“Our fans pay their ticket and they want to see the team play this way.
“Last season Kun finished the season without any problem. He is doing a different preparation, so I’m not worried about injuries, you can be injured by kicks of course but muscle injuries he should not have any more.”