Sergio Agüero, who had to settle for five minutes of play this Tuesday evening at the end of Manchester City-PSG (2-0), had himself to point out to the 4th referee that he was wrong about his number.
This is one of the images of the evening. The great Sergio Agüero, top scorer in the history of Manchester City but little used this season by Pep Guardiola and a few weeks before the end of his contract, is about to enter the field against PSG. There are five short minutes left, the Citizens lead 2-0 and evolve eleven against ten. The Argentine striker will therefore be able to quietly enjoy this small appearance, his last in the Champions League at the Etihad Stadium, soon to be 33 years old.
But when the 4th referee of the match, the Greek Tasos Sidiropoulos, waves his sign to announce the change with Phil Foden out and Sergio Agüero entering, it is number 9 that is displayed in green. However the Kun, him, plays with the n ° 10. The Argentinian looks up, wonders then points out the error to the 4th referee with some annoyance… The official changes his number, the fault is corrected.
Guardiola thinks about his replacements
After being greeted by his compatriot Mauricio Pochettino, Sergio Agüero comes into play. A substitute status that he will certainly still have on May 29 in Istanbul, for the final of the Champions League. Pep Guardiola took his men at the end of the European season with a false No.9, Kevin De Bruyne. Faced with Chelsea or Real Madrid, who face each other this Wednesday night in the return semifinal at Stamford Bridge, there is no reason for that to change.
“I am incredibly proud and my first thought always goes to the players who have not played today, I know that for them it is hard but everyone is contributing in this Champions League season, Pep admitted. Guardiola on his replacements. Qualifying against a team that had taken out Barcelona and Bayern means a lot to us and we’re going to celebrate. We’re in the Champions League final, those are nice words. “