Will Sergio Aguero’s Absence Impact Manchester City’s Performances In February?
Sergio Aguero has suffered another injury setback that would keep him out of action for the entire month of February when Manchester City play key games against Chelsea – twice, once in the Premier League and once in the FA Cup — and Barcelona — in the Champions League round of 16, the first knockout stage.
While Aguero’s absence might not be felt too much in the other two games against Norwich City and Stoke City, his importance and influence might be missed in the tough encounters against master tactician Jose Mourinho‘s Chelsea who are determined to make up for the toothless performance against West Ham United by bridging the three-point gap that separates them from City.
Mourinho’s teams are known for their tough defending when it really matters and can frustrate opponents by sitting deep and absorbing the pressure. Aguero’s clinical finishes could be very useful in such situations, and his absence might give an edge to Mourinho’s team.
While his fellow strikers Alvaro Negredo, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic are more than capable of scoring fantastic goals themselves, it would be interesting to see if they succeed in breaking down Chelsea’s resistance twice in 11 days.
While the press in Spain has been raving about City’s performances this season and fear for Barcelona during their upcoming UCL encounters, Tata Martino‘s team still lead the La Liga and has been putting together some impressive performances themselves. The team has coped well in talisman Lionel Messi‘s absence from injury, and his comeback cannot have come at a more perfect time as he continues warming up well for the mouth-watering clashes against City.
Aguero might rue the timing of his injury, but he would still have an opportunity to take on fellow countryman Messi in March in the return leg. City showed that they can destroy oppositions even without their star player, but their real tests await in the upcoming four weeks. Pass these without hiccups and they might as well crown themselves League champions and place one hand on the Champions League crown!