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 Leicester.
Raheem Sterling had given City an early lead on Saturday but Leicester went into the break on level terms thanks to Jamie Vardy ’ s equaliser .
However, Aguero took centre stage with a finishing masterclass to take his tally in City ’ s last seven home games to 14 goals as Guardiola’ s side moved 16 points clear.
“An authentic legend of this club , ” said Guardiola of his prolific Argentine striker.
“In the second half he scored four goals . Sergio is like this, he has a special talent in the box . He’ s clinical … especially the third one and fourth one are amazing . ”
Aguero now has 28 goals in all competitions this season – – eight more than Sterling .
“So we try to create a lot of chances to score the goals he does, and he always does. Congratulations to him because it’ s not easy to score four goals , ” added Guardiola.
“When one player is able to score four goals , he deserves all the credit and the nice words. He fights, he plays really good and he scored . We needed it . “
Guardiola believes the win was “one of the best” performances his players have produced since he took over at City but urged them not to let their intensity drop .
“My advice for the players is not to think how many games are left, just to look to the next one , ” he said .
“Every time we dropped points this season, the next game we won, which is so, so important . Keeping that consistency is so important for us. If we are able to win the title it will be something special for us. ”
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.
And Puel claimed both he and the Algeria international will not focus their efforts on the rest of the season without any issues .
“I said before my last press conference it was important for him to come back quick , ” Puel said .
“He maintained a good level and it was important he was back in the squad . We have lost time and now it is important to look forward . The transfer window is finished.
“Since the beginning of the transfer window we took a decision with the club , to protect the squad . Riyad came back, and he is an important player .
“Now it is about time to move on together and of course we are stronger with him . It is important to move together with good solidarity and understanding together . ”