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For a while on Saturday, it looked as though Manchester City would be the latest victims of a FA Cup shock. But despite being 2-0 down at home to Watford with just 30 minutes to play, Manuel Pellegrini’s men roared back to win 4-2.
That was due in no small part to Sergio Aguero, who is well and truly over his injury and proved it with his hat-trick.
That took his tally to 25 for the season, and there is no question he is challenging Luis Suarez for the Golden Boot – the two strikers seemingly on another level from everyone else in the division (apart, perhaps, from Alvaro Negredo).
City’s other goal came from Aleksandar Kolarov, and the result means the Blues remain on course for an unprecedented quadruple.
Speaking after the match, Pellegrini revealed he wanted to change all 11 players at half-time, such was their performance in the first 45 minutes.
In quotes published by ESPN, he said, “The whole team was a disaster in the first half. My team wants to win every game and wants to win the FA Cup.
“I was very worried at half-time because I talked with the players a lot before the match and said that, in the FA Cup, teams that play in a lower division have a lot of motivation.”
Watford certainly had that, and they can be extremely proud of their efforts even if they were eventually overpowered by the home side.
And finally, the Mail on Sunday reports that Aguero has no intention of holding back when it comes to his goal-scoring exploits.
“I don’t have any specific goals to reach,” he said, “but as many as possible.”
Given his form since his return to the team, that could be a considerable amount.
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