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Press praise Aguero's performance

  • 03 February 2016 07:12
  • Posted by @MPHenson

Reaction from last night’s win feature in today’s round-up, plus summer transfer rumours...

We go straight into the reaction from last night’s 1-0 win away at Sunderland and we start by looking at the Manchester Evening News’ talking points from the game.

In one of the points, Simon Bajkowski states that Sergio Aguero is looking sharp and the race for the Golden Boot is well and truly on: “The title race looks like it is warming up nicely, and so is the Golden Boot battle: “Jamie Vardy scored a stunner against Liverpool, Harry Kane was on target, Romelu Lukaku and Odion Ighalo are in the mix...but they will all have to go some to take the crown away from last year's champions.

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“The flick at Sunderland was Aguero's fifth in his last three league starts and - especially with Kevin de Bruyne absent for a few months - keeping the forward fit will be the key to how City's season pans out.”

Meanwhile, the Independent reserved praise for City goalkeeper Joe Hart following his performance against the Black Cats.

Martin Hardy writes: "Sunderland have found fight but their cutting edge last night was blunted by two outstanding moments from Joe Hart.

"On the stroke of half-time the Manchester City goalkeeper produced a breathtaking save, diving full stretch to deny Jermain Defoe. Late in the second half, he had to do it again, this time with added height, to tip away Billy Jones’s rising drive.

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"They were the kind of saves that can win titles, and given the breakneck, relentless and surprisingly consistent level of Leicester’s attack on the summit, they were huge moments."

And finally, we head to the Guardian and their appreciation of City’s title challenge, as well as Sunderland’s determination against the Blues at the Stadium of Light.

Writes Louise Taylor: “Manuel Pellegrini’s extended farewell to Manchester City began on a winning note but he will surely enjoy easier evenings before making way for Pep Guardiola in the summer.

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“Thanks to Sergio Agüero’s first-half winner City’s title challenge remains very much alive, but if Sunderland can keep playing with this sort of sheer bloody-minded determination, a team which merited at least a draw here will not deserve to be relegated.”

It wouldn’t be a City media round-up without a transfer rumour, would it?! We start today with an article featured on Wales Online reporting that Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey will be one of the first transfer targets in the summer.

Paul Abbondonato states: “Wales star Aaron Ramsey will become one of Pep Guardiola's first transfer targets for Manchester City, reports suggest.

“Chris Coleman's midfield ace will find himself the subject of speculation over a summer move as the build-up starts towards Euro 2016.

“According to some reports, Ramsey is in the sights of Guardiola as the former Barcelona boss plans ahead for his new role in the Premier League.

“One report claims a Manchester City recruitment source reckons Guardiola is a huge admirer of Ramsey, although Arsenal will want to keep hold of him.”

Keeping with the transfer stories and the Telegraph believe Monday's managerial news is a game changer for City, the Premier League and European football.

Their Chief Football Correspondent Jason Burt writes: “What do you do when you have hired the best manager in the world? You try to get one of the best players in the world also.

“How do you get one of the best players in the world? You have a lot of money, which Manchester City have, a lot of ambition, which they also possess – and the manager to attract him. Pep Guardiola is that man.

“Players will join Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich because of the clubs they are and the dominance they enjoy in their leagues. Players will now want to join City because of Guardiola.

“The appointment of Guardiola on a three-year contract is the game-changer for City, for the Premier League and for European football. With one outstanding move City have redrawn the landscape. It is the biggest thing to have happened to the club since Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s takeover in 2008, which also hijacked the transfer window deadline day that summer.

“Since then City have won the league twice, the FA Cup and the League Cup once each, but this is the move that can take them to the next level; the deal to make them serial winners and a European and global superpower.”

Enjoy your Wednesday, City fans!

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