Strike partnerships? It seems as though there’s been only one to talk about this season, the ‘SAS’.
Yes that’s right, Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez have stolen all the headlines with this ‘telepathic’ partnership they are believed to have; however Tuesday night confirmed the arrival of a new contender, the ‘Agredo’.
Manchester City’s deadly duo ripped apart CSKA Moscow, with Sergio Aguero helping himself to an early brace before Alvaro Negrado stole the show with his first City hat-trick.
Aguero, who is in his third season at the Etihad Stadium, has been scoring goals for fun in recent weeks, with nine goals in six appearances making him one of the most feared strikers in Europe.
His Spanish strike partner on the other hand, only arrived in the summer and it’s taken the 28-year-old no time at all to fit in, scoring nine goals throughout the season, and complimenting Aguero’s total of 13.
The City pair have scored a range of goals this season. With the Argentine’s instinctive finish at Stamford Bridge and Negredo’s precise curling effort against Bayern Munich, demonstrating the quality of both players.
With Edin Dzeko waiting in the wings, both players are under pressure to perform and neither are disappointing, as the 5-2 win over CSKA Moscow qualified the Manchester club into the knockout stage of the Champions League.
Negredo’s transition into English football must be respected, considering the amount of foreign players that come to this country and struggle to fit in.
The Spaniard’s £16.4m move from Seville put him under pressure to perform once arriving in England, and with the season still at an early stage, the former La Liga player looks well on his way to having a successful debut season in the Premier League.
Aguero cemented his place in Manchester City’s record books, when his last minute goal against QPR in 2012, sealed City’s first top flight success in the Premier League era.
Now the 25-year-old is looking to add a Champions League winners medal to his collection, and his partnership with Negredo is proving a force to be reckoned with.
As well as applying the finishing touches to an attacking move, both players are more than comfortable on the ball, and playing the role of provider. With Aguero’s low cross into Negredo on Tuesday night, showing the understanding between the pair.
So as the season closes in on the Christmas period, Manchester City’s forward line are making their ‘presents’ known, with the ‘Agredo’ partnership looking like a cracker, as they dig their ‘claus’ into defence’s from all over Europe.
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