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Manchester City 6-1 Newcastle United - Pellegrini Salutes Aguero

Sergio Aguero scored five times as the Blues ran riot at the Etihad

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Manchester City Manager Manuel Pellegrini was pleased with Sergio Aguero's performance and withdrew him with the game well-in-hand due to a fitness concern.

On Aguero's five goals and then withdrawal after 66 minutes:

"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."

"He had treatment after half time, and to give him more minutes he could have scored but we must be cautious about his fitness, because he could be injured.

"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."

"He knows playing the way we play, and with his quality he will score," the manager reflected.

"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."