Sergio Aguero Talks About Missing Two Penalties In Champions League



The Argentina striker admitted his “head was spinning” after the missing two penalties in 12 minutes during the first half against Steaua Bucharest.
He refused to use the distraction of a laser pen being shone in his eyes as an excuse but was relieved to recover his composure to complete a well-taken hat-trick which made a nonsense of his earlier blunders from 12 yards.
Aguero has now missed four of his last five penalties for City in in European competition but does not want to give up the job and has been backed to carry on by manager Pep Guardiola and his team-mates.
He said: “Yes, a laser pen was shone in my eyes but that is not an excuse. I missed the penalties and I know I have to improve and I will try to improve. But I have the confidence to continue to take them.
“After I missed my first penalty, my head was spinning a bit but I thought ‘I have to carry on and try to score this one’ but I missed again. I had a change in my mind about how to take the second one  but it didn’t go in unfortunately.
“I’ve never missed two penalties in a game before but then I have never missed two and scored three either!
“It was ok because things worked out well in the end. I was happy to score so many goals in the end but the most important thing was that the team won.”
The result was City’s biggest win in the Champions League but they could easily have had double figures such was their superiority.
While they will be bigger tests to come, Aguero says the performance indicates that the City players are adapting to Guardiola’s new methods and they will continue to improve individually and collectively under the demanding Spaniard.
But he warned against getting too carried away so early in the season. He added: “We have only had two games, that’s it. The season is very long, but we have to keep playing like this.
“He [Guardiola] employs different tactics that are different to all the coaches I have had before and I think we are adapting to the new style of play that the coach wants.
“Little by little we are learning more, we’ve won our first two competitive games and we will keep on improving bit by bit. I think what he will do is improve everyone in the team.
“I think that we played quite well in the first half but we played better in the second half when the space opened up and the goals came. There’s still 90 minutes left in the tie. We have a big advantage, but it is not over and we have to play the second leg.”
City defender Pablo Zabaleta paid tribute to his compatriot's resilience for bouncing back so impressively after the penalty misses.
He said: “It was tough when he missed the second penalty. I was just thinking ‘that must be very hard to deal with.’  I have never seen Kun miss two penalties in the same game but I think he has that kind of personality to handle it. 
“He [Guardiola] employs different tactics that are different to all the coaches I have had before and I think we are adapting to the new style of play that the coach wants.
“Little by little we are learning more, we’ve won our first two competitive games and we will keep on improving bit by bit. I think what he will do is improve everyone in the team.
“I think that we played quite well in the first half but we played better in the second half when the space opened up and the goals came. There’s still 90 minutes left in the tie. We have a big advantage, but it is not over and we have to play the second leg.”
City defender Pablo Zabaleta paid tribute to his compatriot's resilience for bouncing back so impressively after the penalty misses.
He said: “It was tough when he missed the second penalty. I was just thinking ‘that must be very hard to deal with.’  I have never seen Kun miss two penalties in the same game but I think he has that kind of personality to handle it.



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