Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has claimed that Argentine forward Sergio Aguero is the most important player at the club after he inspired his side to a comfortable 4-0 win over Aston Villa.
Aguero hit the post with a second-half penalty to miss the chance for his hat-trick but it delighted the Chilean that City stopped their run of three consecutive defeats in the Premier League.
And Pellegrini admits that his side could be closer to the top of the table had he had Aguero fit and firing throughout the campaign.
“I always say it is a team game not an individual game, but of course there are players that are very important,” he told reporters.
“Sergio makes a difference. That’s why maybe three weeks ago when we lost against Leicester and Tottenham I said it was to the squad’s credit to be fighting for the title with so many important players like (Vincent) Kompany, (David) Silva and Kun (Aguero) having been injured.
“But of course when you have your best players it is better for the team. When you don’t have them you need a squad, but if you ask me I always want to play with Sergio the way he played today.”
Manchester City have a game in hand and are 10 points adrift of league leaders Leicester City.