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South American Pair Prove They Can Play Up Front Together

At the start of this season, many football pundits thought Pep Guardiola was going to have a big dilemma up front with Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus, as they felt the South American forwards would not be able to fit into the manager’s system together. The duo certainly quashed that school of thought against Liverpool, as Pep slotted them together at the top of the pitch and it paid dividends as they collectively scored three of the City’s five goals. On top of that, the pair started against Feyenoord in City’s first game of this year’s Champions League, both getting on the scoresheet in the 4-0 dismantling of the Dutch champions.

There were some talks about Aguero leaving the club during the summer transfer window as the club were clearly chasing Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal. The Chilean is one of the best players in the Premier League and would improve any squad in the world; however, City are not short of options up front and now that Aguero and Jesus have been given the vote of approval from their manager, they should go on to score a lot of goals domestically and in Europe during the campaign.

Aguero’s goal against Liverpool made him the highest-scoring non-European in Premier League history. The Argentinian is also within range of some fantastic club records, which he should reach providing he stays fit this season. He is just seven goals short of becoming City’s highest goalscorer, beating Eric Brook’s record of 177 goals. Jesus broke into the team last season and the Brazilian wasted no time in making a name for himself in England. The injury he picked up stopped him in his tracks; however, he has returned and reminded us all what an exciting prospect he is. There will be times away from home when Guardiola may need to be slightly cautious and won’t be able to start his two South American forwards up front, but by playing them at home, it is sure to send fear into the opposition’s dressing room when they pick up the teamsheet an hour before kick-off. City have made a great start to their 2017/18 Premier League campaign and it is easy to see why the bookmakers made them their ante-post favourites before a ball was kicked.

After the 5-0 win over Liverpool, they are likely to be a popular tip with Footy Accumulators throughout the season as it would be no surprise for them to hit five or more past several teams who won’t able to handle their threat. Although City’s attacking players will get all the credit for the win against Liverpool, Guardiola is also likely to be delighted that his side picked up a clean sheet. Before he went off injured, Ederson looked very solid between the sticks. The former Benfica shot stopper has settled in well to life in English football.

John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi both made their case for starting every week in Guardiola’s back line. They stood up well to the test of the Liverpool front three and proved that they are capable of stepping up the plate in Vincent Kompany’s absence. There is clearly a long way to go in the season but with Aguero and Jesus both in red shot early form and the back line starting to look more solid, things are looking bright for City.

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