Sergio Aguero has admitted that Argentina may duly snub him from next month’s crucial qualifiers after missing a penalty against Paraguay.
The Manchester City hit-man flattered to deceive as Argentina crashed to a 1-0 defeat against Paraguay on Tuesday night, their third consecutive game without a win in World Cup qualifying.
Their poor run of form without Lionel Messi means La Albiceleste are now fifth in World Cup qualifying after ten games and are five points behind the fresh-look Brazil side that they will face next month in Minas Gerais.
Sergio Aguero himself has faced heavy backlash for his performances and admitted that he is “not doing things right”, even suggesting that he may not be called up to their fixtures against Brazil and Colombia in November.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if I’m not included in the squad next month. My performances weren’t good enough,” Aguero stated.
“If I’m not in the next squad, I’ll take it in the best way. There are no excuses, things didn’t come off for me. We’ve got to lift our heads. These things happen and we have to turn it round,” Sergio Aguero said.
Sergio Aguero’s increased criticism in Argentina comes off the back of a poor qualifying campaign and the fact that he rode shotgun when Lionel Messi took on the higher-ups at the Argentine Football Association this summer. Messi announced his retirement after this summer’s Copa America and Kun hinted he too could follow suit. Argentina have reached three finals in three years only to fall at the final hurdle. Sergio Aguero is far from the revered figure in Argentina as he is in Manchester and his “you’ll miss us when we’re not here” comments last week felt to many as a firing shot to the disgruntled fans and press.
In retaliation, one Argentine newspaper ran an editorial with the headline “Club de Amigos” arguing that Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria only continue to be called up to the national team because “they have a decisive advantage: they are in Messi’s clan.”
Aguero meanwhile claims he is 100% committed to Argentina and pledged to “play at any cost” despite a calf injury he has been carrying since Manchester City’s Champions League game against Celtic.
“Sometimes travelling a lot doesn’t help,” said Aguero. “The layovers, the changing of schedules and time.
“But when it comes to the national team, I always want to be there, although last time I was injured for the match against Ecuador. Sometimes you think ‘Why don’t I stop?’, because after that I’ll be out for a month-and-a-half and I lose six or seven matches at City.”
“But when you’re called-up to the national team, you always want to play. It’s the way it is,” Aguero stated.
Argentina will face Brazil and Colombia next month with massive pressure to win both games and there is every chance that Sergio Aguero will not be called up to take part. Lionel Messi should return while repeated calls from the media for Paulo Dybala and Mauro Icardi to replace Aguero could be met by Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza.
While City fans will be happy to see their star player take a much deserved rest, Aguero may suddenly find himself on the periphery in future Argentina squads, especially if Lionel Messi manages to drag Argentina across the line as he always seems to do.