​Pep Guardiola has lauded Sergio Aguero for his performance against West Bromwich Albion - and vowed to help the striker become an even better player.

Aguero bagged a brace in the 4-0 thrashing of the Baggies at the Hawthorns on Saturday, as he ended a run of six matches without a goal and also laid on an assist for one of Ilkay Gundogan's two strikes against Tony Pulis' side.

The 28-year-old's two goals took him up to sixth in the all-time leading goalscorers' chart for the Citizens, and took his tally for the season to 13 in 13 games.


The victory over West Brom also ended City's six-match streak without tasting victory and, speaking to ​City's official site in the aftermath of the Premier League clash, Guardiola reserved special praise for the Argentina international's performance.

He said: “He’s one of the best, yeah, absolutely. But I want to help him be much, much better.


“We need Sergio. We know how important he is for us.

“He is part of the history of this club and will be forever but I would like to help him. He can still write the most brilliant pages in his career in this club. All of us we are there to help him and of course the first goal is really good and the second as well.

“That is my target. Just to see how many goals he’s scored here in the Premier League and how difficult it is, and that’s why I’m so, so happy for him because he is one of the nicest people I have ever met.

“I love working with nice guys, nice people – and Sergio is one of them.”

The Spaniard added that he was pleased with his side's overall display, as well as admitting that it had been tough to see his charges go six matches without a win in all competitions.


Guardiola added: “The Premier League, my friends, is tough! You are winning 2-0 and West Brom start to play their best football. 

“They start to put in crosses and win second balls. The first hour we had controlled these kinds of things, and after that we cannot because the opponents are really good.

“After three draws and three defeats, we tried to win again and we have a little bit more than in the last games, in terms of being a group and being a team. After that, the quality of the players made the difference. We are so happy because we are still there and for our confidence it will be good.”

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