Pellegrini hails 'unbelievable' Aguero after Chelsea display

Aug 16, 2015 Posted Under: News

The Argentina international had the chance to score a hat-trick against the defending champions before the half-time whistle, according to his Sky Blues boss

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini praised striker Sergio Aguero following his side’s 3-0 win over Chelsea, claiming the Argentinian could have scored “three or four” in the first half.

Following repeated attempts to get past the impressive Asmir Begovic, the former Atletico Madrid forward finally opened his account after half and hour before Vincent Kompany and Fernandinho netted two late goals to add gloss to a convincing victory.

Pellegrini’s side have moved to the top of the Premier League table and five points clear of champions Chelsea with the win and the boss was delighted with his striker’s performance.

“The first 45 minutes from Aguero were unbelievable,” the 61-year-old coach said. “It was just the three important saves from Begovic didn’t allow him to score three or four goals.

“[The result] was very satisfying because it’s not easy to beat the champions. Chelsea are the best team. They won the title last season and I think that the first 45 minutes we played deserved at least three goals.

“We played really well without conceding any chances for Chelsea to score and we created at least four clear chances.

“It was just Begovic had a great performance and we couldn’t score more goals.

“Second half we had maybe some restrictions by the yellow cards, but in our worst moments Chelsea didn’t have chances and finally we scored the two other goals that we deserved in the first half.”

However, Pellegrini is reluctant to claim the result sends a warning signal to any other would-be champions and played down the importance of the early-season victory.

“We are not sending a message to anybody, we are just playing the way we always try to,” he added.

“We have only played two games this season, but in both games we scored three goals and I think we have more concentration in defending, so that’s why we also have clean sheets in the two games.

“[But] nothing is significant until the end of the season.”

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