Man Metropolis v Chelsea: Has Sergio Aguero's Panenka helped give Chelsea a Champions League enhance?
It was a penalty to doubtlessly seal the Premier League title... nonetheless has Sergio Aguero's missed Panenka helped give Chelsea a Champions League enhance?
This was presupposed to be a fitting finale, Aguero scoring the blueprint that seals Manchester Metropolis their fifth Premier League crown, swish adore he did for their first.
However the Argentine's first-half of omit, chipping the ball into the air and staring at Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy take hang of it one handed, allowed Chelsea a route aid into the sport.
It stays a case of when, no longer if, Pep Guardiola's side gain the league, with their lead serene 13 factors after a 2-1 defeat by Chelsea at Etihad Stadium.
Nearest competitors Manchester United indulge in two video games in hand, nonetheless Metropolis most efficient need three factors from their good three video games to clinch their third title in four years.
Guardiola will likely be extra involved that his side head into the Champions League good with aid-to-aid defeats by Chelsea, who also beat them of their FA Cup semi-good.
'He by no blueprint scored them in coaching'
Manchester Metropolis led 1-0 when Billy Gilmour fouled Gabriel Jesus in the field and Aguero stepped up with the possibility to strengthen his side's grip on the trophy.
As another, his tepid effort was lofted slowly into the gloves of Mendy and Chelsea went on to flip the match around in the 2d half of.
"If the penalty goes in then we regain the sport over and executed with," Raheem Sterling, who scored Metropolis's opener, suggested BBC Match of the Day.
Boss Guardiola was requested whether or no longer it was a "selfish" decision by Aguero.
"Listen, he is selfish because he missed it. If he scored a blueprint you would allege how [much of] a genius he is," he said.
"That's the actuality. I allege to the players in the penalties use one decision: Panenka, correct, left, immediate, in spite of you desire, nonetheless commit. He was dedicated, if he misses it, he misses it.
"Everybody is dissatisfied nonetheless the predominant disappointment is him, that. He's a wise man. We're no longer going to keep up a correspondence about what Sergio has executed, how he is been for this club, for this crew for all this duration he has been right here, so he took the choice and that's the reason all."
Micah Richards, Aguero's aged crew-mate, said the penalty was "harsh" nonetheless can even no longer think when the 32-one year-historical missed it.
"I had my head in my hands, I could perchance well no longer think he did this, it's swish a spoiled penalty," he said on Sky Sports activities.
"You're thinking that, 'Sergio Aguero, regain on the scoresheet, slot it dwelling, we desire you to abet out it neatly-liked...' nonetheless Mendy reads it.
"He historical to abet out this in coaching nonetheless by no blueprint historical to rating, so I construct no longer know why he has tried it."
Aguero, who will leave the club at the end of the season, has scored 10 targets in opposition to Chelsea in the Premier League, better than every other player in opposition to the Blues.
But he has now missed two of his previous three penalties in the English top flight, and Metropolis indulge in failed to rating from the direct on a league-excessive four times this season.
The dwelling side did think they ought to indulge in had another in the 2d half of when Kurt Zouma tangled with Sterling in the field, nonetheless the choice was no longer given,
"We omit the predominant. The 2d was no longer given. That's all," Guardiola suggested BBC Sport. "It be a penalty. It be a penalty, I construct no longer to find out about VAR, the officers know why they did no longer give it."
'Chelsea had been handed a psychological enhance'
Three weeks ago, Manchester Metropolis serene had an unheard of quadruple of their sights.
Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea beat them in the FA Cup semi-good to full that dream and the sides will meet as soon as more in the Champions League good in three weeks' time.
Chelsea head into that sport with successive victories over Guardiola and Metropolis, and the Blues boss says it presents them "self assurance".
"This consequence will no longer substitute the good," he added. "It's a long way a special sport, you can no longer predict what's going to occur, there'll be changes, nonetheless we arrived with the working out we are able to beating them."
Despite all aspects making a host of changes from the road-u.s.that secured their space in the Champions League good in midweek, Richards believes the victory has handed Chelsea a "psychological enhance".
"Pep has kept his cards closest to his chest by no longer taking part in his strongest side," he said "But self assurance wise it would had been nice to regain over the road. Whenever you occur to are going to lose this day's the day nonetheless you cant waste those mistakes in the good."
The assign does it execrable amongst worst Panenkas?
Aguero will not be any longer the predominant - and positively will no longer be the good - to fail to reproduce Antonin Panenka's winning chipped direct-kick for Czechoslovakia at Euro 76.
Gary Lineker may perchance well no longer aid himself after staring at Aguero's effort, the aged England striker produced a unpleasant Panenka are trying of his beget in opposition to Brazil at Wembley in a heat-up for Euro 92. Had he scored, Lineker would indulge in equalled Sir Bobby Charlton's then story tally of 49 targets.
And it has been a correct season for awful Panenka penalties.
Ademola Lookman's are trying with the good kick of the sport in Fulham's 1-0 defeat at West Ham is surely up there with the most efficient of them, alongside with his light effort shedding tamely into Lukasz Fabianski's hands.
A missed Panenka is spoiled, nonetheless a missed Panenka in a very foremost match is one thing else.
In 2010, Leicester's Yann Kermorgant attempted to chip the ball over Cardiff Metropolis goalkeeper David Marshall in a Championship play-off semi-good penalty shootout, nonetheless his direct-kick was with ease saved because the Bluebirds marched on to the good.
Meanwhile, Peter Crouch scored a hat-trick in a 6-0 gain over Jamaica to round off England's World Cup preparations in 2006.
But it absolutely looked adore he had missed his likelihood at netting a treble when he sent an attempted Panenka into the stands.
Here he is discussing that moment on BBC Radio 5 Stay's That Peter Crouch Podcast: