What did Aguero say?

After the match Aguero posted on Twitter: “I would like to apologise to my teammates, staff and supporters for missing the penalty.

“It was a bad decision and I take full responsibility.”

Is his apology a surprise?

It’s easy to imagine Aguero apologising to his team-mates and manager for missing a key penalty in such a manner (missed Panenkas never go down well in football) but such a formal apology seems unnecessary.

Penalties get missed, that’s football, and he’s done achieved more than enough at the club to far outweigh any harm caused.

What has Pep Guardiola said?

“It is his decision,” the Manchester City manager told Sky Sports.

“The taker has to take decisions.

“I say to him, take one decision and take it full commitment. He decided to do it this way.”

What is City’s penalty record like?

City have failed to score more penalties than any other side in the Premier League this season.

Aguero’s miss was the fourth City have failed to convert this campaign but he is not the only one. Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan and Sterling have all struggled to score from the spot.

What happened in the match?

Manchester City had to win to secure the Premier League title. Interestingly, Pep Guardiola made nine changes to his starting lineup in what was a dress rehearsal for the Champions League final in three weeks’ time.

Raheem Sterling broke the deadlock in the 44th minute following a defensive error from Andreas Christensen. Gabriel Jesus squared the ball to Aguero but his first touch let him down, allowing Sterling to follow up with a pinpoint finish.

Moments later City could have made it 2-0 after Billy Gilmour made a clumsy challenge on Jesus. Aguero stepped up and attempted a Panenka but Mendy wasn’t fooled and the ball nestled straight into the goalkeeper’s arms.

Hakim Ziyech then equalised for Chelsea in the 63rd minute. Cesar Azpilicueta caught Rodri in possession and teed up Ziyech who hit a sweetly struck half volley into the bottom right corner.

Chelsea sealed the win in injury time after Timo Werner cut the ball back for Marcus Alonso to loop the ball over Ederson.

What next for Aguero?

City announced in early April that the 32-year-old forward will depart the club when his contract expires this summer.

Guardiola also confirmed that the Argentine is free to sign for one of City’s title rivals.

Aguero joined City from Atletico Madrid in 2011 and went on to become the club’s record goal-scorer, having struck 258 times in 387 appearances.

He also sits fourth in the Premier League’s all-time scoring ranks, 18 goals short of his 200th.

And what about City?

It is just a matter of time for City to be crowned Premier League champions.

As it stands, they are 13 points clear of second-placed Manchester United, who play Aston Villa on Sunday, but they do have two games in hand.

City’s remaining games are against Newcastle, Brighton and Everton.

Following the conclusion of the Premier League season, City take on Chelsea in the Champions League final on May 29.

It is uncertain, however, where the final will take place after Turkey was added to the government’s ‘red list’ for travel on Friday.

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