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Manchester City: Roberto Mancini hails Sergio Aguero form
Published : 17 Feb 2013 18:29:59
Manchester City: Roberto Mancini hails Sergio Aguero form By Phil McNulty Chief football writer, BBC Sport at Etihad Stadium Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini feels Sergio Aguero is key to reviving their Premier League title hopes. The Argentine scored twice in City's 4-0 FA Cup fifth round win against Leeds, with Mancini's side 12 points behind leaders Manchester United. "I hope Sergio will be like this until the end of the season," said Mancini. "If Sergio is like this and our strikers continue to score a lot of goals from now until the end, the championship is not finished." Sergio Aguero in numbers The Argentine striker has scored 43 goals in 78 games for Manchester City since his £38m move from Atletico Madrid in August 2011. Aguero, 24, joined Manchester City last season and has scored 43 goals since his £38m arrival from Atletico Madrid. Crucially he scored the injury-time goal that won City the Premier League title on the final day of last season. He has been hampered by two-separate injuries this season, but if he can remain fit and keep his form then Mancini believes Aguero could yet help City catch United. "This is possible. We play a lot of games," added the Italian. "I think in this moment [Manchester United] deserve to be there because they played better than us. They scored more goals than us." Mancini was delighted with City's display after he was heavily critical of his players following the 3-1 defeat at Southampton last Saturday. "In Italy we call a game like that a 'brodino' - a soup, a starter," said Mancini. "I hope this can help us to start winning in the Premier League." With their chances of retaining the Premier League now looking slim, Mancini insists City are determined to take the opportunity of winning the FA Cup - with his side already out of Europe. City will play Barnsley for a place in the semi-final on either ninth or 10 March. He said: "I am very happy because it was important to win after Southampton and we know the FA Cup can be difficult. Arsenal showed this on Saturday that every game in the FA Cup is difficult if you don't have a good approach. "Every team plays in the FA Cup like it is in a Champions League final. The cup is an important trophy in England. Teams may change players in the Capital One Cup, but in the FA Cup every team plays seriously. "You could play in a final at Wembley in front of more than 80,000 people so that has to be good."