‘Perfect example of how strikers can shine without scoring’ – Hamann on Aguero

first_imgDietmar Hamann believes Sergio Aguero’s performance in Manchester City’s Champions League victory against Paris Saint-Germain was the perfect example of how strikers can influence a game without scoring.City booked their place in the semi-finals for the first time in their history with a 3-2 aggregate win over the French giants, with Kevin de Bruyne netting the winning goal late in the second-half.However, most of the post-match talk was of how top scorer Aguero failed to deliver in what seemed a quiet showing from the Argentine.Like fellow star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the first leg, Aguero missed a penalty – and by some distance too – with home fans in stunned silence as the usually clinical frontman fired well wide from the spot.Many supporters were disappointed by his showing after the pre-match hype promised a battle between two of the hottest frontmen on the planet.But, according to Hamann, Aguero was no less effective in City’s victory, with his performance showing exactly how strikers can make a difference despite not finding the net.He was kicked, pushed and generally manhandled around throughout the game as PSG attempted to muscle him out of the game, and former City midfielder Hamann insists the striker’s conduct during the game was a great example to his peers, fans and the stars of the future.“He gives you so much more [than goals],” the German told the Colin Murray show.“Even when he doesn’t score, he creates space for the other players around him, he works tirelessly, and he leads by example.“Aguero is a leader on the pitch, and City don’t have enough of them.“As a centre-forward, getting kicked is a part of the game. Obviously there are examples in the past when Ronaldo reacted or Rooney or Zidane in the World Cup final, but very rarely do you see the top players react because that’s why clubs pay top dollar for them.“There have been a lot of players in recent years with all the ability but their temperament got the better of them.“You have to have people in your team who you trust, especially when It comes to a big game like this.“Aguero could have been kicked after ten minutes, reacted, got sent off and Paris could have gone through to the semi-final instead.“These are the fine details which decide games, and yesterday was a classic example of what a centre-forward can bring to the team without scoring.”Listen to Dietmar Hamann’s Champions League recap in full above!last_img

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