Sergio Aguero is not the sort of player who appears to shy away from any occasion but the Manchester City striker has admitted he still gets nervous ahead of big games such as Sunday’s League Cup Final against Liverpool.
The City star is the most lethal striker in Premier League history, based on his incredible goals-per-minute ratio, but he has told Sky Sports that he still gets anxious ahead of big games in the lead up to Sunday’s final at Wembley.
“The butterflies are always there. That’s normal in any game. When it is a final, you just want to get the preparation over and play,” the Argentine forward said.
“Obviously you are wanting to do well, but as soon as you are out on the field that anxiety tends to go away once you start enjoying yourself in the game. Once you get on the ball, the nerves go.”
Aguero has played in numerous finals during his career, from the Europa League in 2010 to the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and most recently the Copa America last summer.
He might claim to still get nervous ahead of such big games, but his goalscoring record suggests that those nerves rarely affect his performances.
It was Aguero’s goal that booked City’s place in Sunday’s final during the 3-1 win over Everton last month, while he has also found the net eight times in Manchester Derbies against fierce rivals United.
But more importantly, it is Sergio Aguero who scored arguably the most memorable goal in both Manchester City’s and the Premier League’s history when his dramatic stoppage time goal won City their first top flight title in 44 years.
So if there’s one man who appears to stand up to any occasion, it’s Sergio Aguero.
Sunday’s showdown with Liverpool will give City the chance to gain revenge for the heavy 4-1 drubbing at the hands of the Reds back in November.
Aguero scored City’s only goal that day but it’s not one he remembers for the right reasons. He is looking to make things right this time around and knows that there’s a lot more a stake at Wembley.
“It is a final, so they will give everything they can,” he said. “It is probably their best chance of a trophy and they will want to make their fans happy by giving their best performance.
“We expect a difficult game bearing in mind the defeat earlier in the season, but we will be going all out for some sort of revenge. They played well, but hopefully we have learnt from that and will get our own back in the final.
“It is very important to win Capital One Cup. It is an important trophy for us, the club have invested a lot to win trophies and it will be marvellous to win it again.”