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Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola praises Sergio Agüero's defensive work: "He's brilliant"

Kun is scoring a lot, but his coach is impressed with another aspect of his game

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Sergio Agüero is off to a spectacular start in the Pep Guardiola Era at Manchester City. The Argentine striker has scored in every game so far, and has got six goals in three games, despite missing two penalties already (in the same match he got a hat-trick).

Guardiola already knew of Agüero's scoring prowess, so that is not a surprise for him. What has impressed the Catalan coach, though, is Kun's defensive commitment. Pep likes to press high up the pitch to recover the ball close to the box; it is one of the most important aspects of Guardiola's tactics, and that pressure does not work if the striker isn't the first to press.

Agüero has done that in all three games, and Guardiola is very happy with Kun's work ethic:

“He has scored [six] goals in [three] games, and I want him to score a lot of goals. But he has to help us make the first pressure, to not give them the time to think, the time see the ball to play. Up to now, he is brilliant.”

Guardiola is also pleasantly surprised by Agüero's confidence. Despite missing the two penalties in the Champions League match against Steaua Bucharest, Kun did not shy away and absolutely buried the penalty he took against Stoke City last Saturday, one of his two goals in that match.

According to Pep, that personalitly means he can count on Agüero all the time:

“That [penalty goal] showed a lot to me. It was so important for us. If we want to be there at the end of the season we need players with huge personality.”

Source: Manchester Evening News

It looks as though Agüero is already one of Pep's favorites. No surprise.