Aguero should be player of the year: Coach
MANUEL Pellegrini said it was "strange" Sergio Aguero has never been player of the year in England after the Manchester City star's hat-trick secured a 3-0 win at Chelsea on Saturday.
Despite being one of the Premier League's most consistent goalscorers in recent seasons, he has yet to win either the Football Writers' player of the year award or the equivalent honour from his peers in England's Professional Footballers' Association (PFA).
Aguero failed to make this week's shortlist for the 2016 PFA award.
It did not seem to bother him as counter-attacking strikes either side of half-time, plus a penalty 10 minutes from the finish at Stamford Bridge after Chelsea goalkeeper Thibault Courtois was sent off for a foul on Fernandinho, took the Argentina striker's tally to 21 league goals so far this season.
"It's very strange that Sergio has played so many years here and has never been the best Premier League player here," said Pellegrini after a win that saw City stay four points clear of local rivals Manchester United in the race for a place in next season's Champions League.
Kevin de Bruyne was central to all of City's best moves, setting up the first goal in what was his first league appearance at Stamford Bridge since Chelsea sold him to Wolfsburg in January 2014.
But rather than de Bruyne, who scored in the midweek Champions League quarter-final win over Paris St Germain wanting revenge, Pellegrini said City were keen to atone for their 5-1 FA Cup defeat by Chelsea in February when he effectively fielded a youth team.
"He (de Bruyne) left Chelsea because he wanted to play in Germany, but seeing him play like that shows why we got him here."
Chelsea caretaker boss Guus Hiddink was equally impressed with de Bruyne, saying: "He's a beautiful player to see.
"He's very keen to play between the lines. All (City's) players are."
Chelsea are 10th in the table and Hiddink said: "The defeat was high, deserved, but not that negative to be desperate."
Pellegrini said while he might make changes for tomorrow's Premier League match against Newcastle, he planned to keep the bulk of the side together ahead of City's Champions League semi-final first-leg at home to Real Madrid on April 26.
"In this moment, I think the same ahead of Real Madrid.
"We need these points to reach the Champions League again," he added.