As one world-class middle ahead prepares for his Premier League finale with Manchester City, one other has outlined the rationale why taking part in for Pep Guardiola’s group could be a “striker’s dream.”
Sergio Aguero, City’s all-time main scorer, will likely be among the many gamers and coaches saying their goodbyes when the league season reaches its climax Sunday with solely a few free ends to tie up.
Fitness points have blighted Aguero’s last season at City — certainly, Guardiola couldn’t promise Friday the striker could be wholesome sufficient to play in opposition to Everton at Etihad Stadium — however that gained’t injury the Argentina worldwide’s legacy at each the membership and in English soccer.
“He is a guy like Romario,” Guardiola mentioned, referring to the previous Brazil striker with a low middle of gravity, “in 5 meters, it’s like a lion within the jungle — making these steps and killing the opponent.
“He has this high quality, however his largest high quality is his distinctive sense of aim.”
Aguero has scored 182 targets within the Premier League — placing him fourth on the competitors’s all-time checklist behind Alan Shearer, Wayne Rooney and Andy Cole — and has a document 258 for City. He doubtlessly has yet one more recreation for the membership after this weekend, although he’s unlikely to characteristic in any respect within the Champions League last in opposition to Chelsea on May 29.
Replacing Aguero will seemingly be uppermost within the ideas of Guardiola and City’s hierarchy in the course of the offseason and Harry Kane has been one of many strikers linked with the newly topped Premier League champions.
Kane has reportedly requested to depart Tottenham as a result of he isn’t happy on the progress of the London membership, and one reply he gave in an interview with Gary Neville on the previous Manchester United defender’s present, The Overlap, will solely give gas to the hypothesis.
When Kane was requested by Neville which participant would assist him rating extra targets, the England captain mentioned it was City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne “for sure.”
“When I watch De Bruyne play, he’s a special, special player and some of the balls I see him put in for City are just a striker’s dream if I’m honest,” Kane mentioned.
“He’s outstanding … he’s an outstanding player with the ball, off the ball, pressing, but his delivery is as good as I’ve ever seen to be honest.”
Kane seemed emotional as he walked across the discipline at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium after his group’s last residence recreation of the season, a 2-1 loss to Aston Villa on Wednesday.
It stays to be seen whether or not a recreation at Leicester on Sunday is Kane’s final in a Tottenham jersey. If it’s, he may exit in model as a Golden Boot winner for a 3rd time.
Kane and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah are tied on a league-high 22 targets going into the ultimate spherical. Kane was the league’s high scorer in 2015-16 and 2016-17, whereas Salah gained the Golden Boot outright in 2017-18 and shared it in 2018-19.
Kane has scored 165 Premier League targets, 90 behind all-time high scorer Shearer, and mentioned he has no intention of leaving England’s high division.
“Of course, there’s always the option of maybe moving abroad one day,” the 27-year-old Kane mentioned, “but I don’t think that really interests me in the near future.”
It was solely 10 months in the past that Liverpool entered the ultimate day of the league season with the possibility of breaking the document for the largest title-winning margin within the competitors’s historical past.
On Sunday, there’s a extra modest — if removed from insignificant — end-of-season goal for the deposed champions to chase.
Liverpool is in a three-way scrap, with Chelsea and Leicester, to safe the league’s last two qualification spots in subsequent season’s Champions League. Just a single level separates the groups, one among whom faces the ache of an anticipated income drop of 50-70 million euros ($61-86 million) for failing to get into Europe’s high competitors.
Chelsea is in third place forward of a visit to Aston Villa. Liverpool is a degree behind going into a house recreation in opposition to Crystal Palace whereas fifth-place Leicester, which is behind Liverpool courtesy of an inferior aim distinction of 4, hosts Tottenham.
“The majority of the season is there for creating a basis for the finish,” Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp mentioned. “This year, we created it longer. We needed more time.”
Two managers have confirmed they’re leaving their golf equipment on the finish of the season.
While Crystal Palace’s Roy Hodgson says he’s finished with top-level soccer, Nuno Espirito Santo of Wolves seemingly is just initially of his Premier League teaching profession.
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