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Monday, May 19, 2014

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Football: City on course to be a serial winner, says Aguero

The Straits Times | Fabius Chen | Monday, May 19, 2014

Sergio Aguero, whose 17 goals helped Manchester City to land the English Premier League title, says the club must do better on the road next season.

After spending almost £700 million (S$1.47 billion) over six years signing footballers, Manchester City are finally ready to begin their era of domination.

This was the warning that striker Sergio Aguero sent out to the rest of English football just days after the club had landed a second Premier League title in three seasons.

"As long as we keep doing what we've been doing, I believe that we can continue to perform at this level," he told The Straits Times yesterday.

Nicknamed "Kun" after a cartoon character from his childhood, the Argentina international struck 17 league goals this term to help City reclaim the crown from neighbours Manchester United.

It made up for the meek surrender of their 2011-12 title in a campaign which saw them finish 11 points adrift of the Red Devils.

Aguero believes that his side's strong start to the season, when they won five of their opening fixtures under new manager Manuel Pellegrini, had a big part to play.

This was especially when they found themselves trailing leaders Liverpool by nine points with just five matches left.

"It all got a little bit complicated near the end," the former Atletico Madrid man, 25, said in Spanish through an interpreter.

"But we managed to get the result we wanted and we're happy about that."

Aguero admits that City have to improve their away form - five of their six league defeats this season came on the road - if they are to take the next step towards domination in England and Europe.

"The Champions League is one of our main priorities," he pointed out.

"And it's important that we get better results when playing away from home.

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