Man City goal-machine Aguero: I'm 'lucky' to play alongside De Bruyne


Club level is where the perennial Ballon d'Or winners Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi dominate. "He is not (just doing it in) one game".

The 29-year-old now has 21 league goals this season and became only the fourth player - joined Kane, Thierry Henry and Alan Shearer - to score more than 20 times in four successive Premier League campaigns.

But as impressive as Aguero was, City again owed a lot to Belgium midfielder De Bruyne, who created his side's opening three goals in another outstanding display.

Manchester: Pep Guardiola hailed Sergio Aguero as an "authentic legend" of Manchester City after his four second-half goals continued the club's emphatic march towards the Premier League title with a 5-1 thrashing of Leiceste.

'No doubt, ' came the reply. "Every time we dropped points this season, the next game we won, which is so, so important".

"Since making his debut for Werder Bremen on loan from Chelsea in the summer of 2012, De Bruyne has completed a total of 77 assists - more than any player in Europe's top five leagues, including Lionel Messi on 76".

And Guardiola believes he can break the Real Madrid and Barcelona stars' monopoly - by helping City to their first ever Champions League success.

"He knows and everyone knows to be there you have to win titles and titles and titles". Of course. You have to be there in the latter stages. "Without getting to the latter stages, you will not be nominated".

But his influence on City's general play is far greater than those stats show, and he will undoubtedly hold higher ambitions than the PFA award he should receive in a matter of months.

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"The goals are very important because they help the team to win", Aguero said.

"We arrive good but we have to know that the Champions League is another competition, completely different", Guardiola said.

'I'm very pleased with the way everything is going for me. It makes it easier for me and them.

"At the end, if you get an individual honor, it is handsome", he said.

Otamendi drew another save from Schmeichel, but the Leicester keeper was at fault for City's fourth when he gave the ball straight at Aguero when trying to play out from the back, allowing the Argentine to lift his finish over the stranded shot-stopper and into the empty net for his hat-trick.

"I don't know (which was my favourite goal) - maybe the last one because it's a long time since I scored from outside the box", Aguero said. I am happy for him as well. There is nothing more you can say'.

In front of a Premier League record crowd of 83,222, Spurs were in the ascendancy for much of the afternoon - particularly in the second half when only a string of saves from Cech kept Arsenal in the game. "Maybe in one week, 10 days or two weeks he will be ready".

Leicester manager Claude Puel brought Riyad Mahrez off the bench in the second half as the winger made his first appearance since a self-imposed exile following the collapse of a deadline day transfer to City. 'It was a hard situation to manage.