London: Manuel Pellegrini insists Manchester City are more than a one-man team, despite again needing Sergio Aguero to dig them out of a hole in a 2-2 draw at West Ham.
Aguero grabbed an 80th-minute equaliser for his second of the game at Upton Park late on Saturday while Enner Valencia also scored twice — within the first 60 seconds and then on the 56th minute — for West Ham. Pellegrini's side have only won one away game since September, and have not claimed successive league wins since October 17.
On Saturday, it could have been a lot worse had it not been for Aguero. "I don't think our team is just Sergio Aguero," said Pellegrini. "If you see, we play 23 games, there are 11 players that play more minutes (than the Argentine)."
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero (centre) is congratulated by his teammates after scoring a goal against West Ham on Saturday. Pic/AFP
He did, however, insist on the importance of Argentine star Aguero now staying fit and reaching his top form. "It's very important for him to be 100 per cent fit. Always when he comes back from injury, he needs two or three games to come back to his best performance.
(In recent games) he was making the movements that show us he will be there soon. "I don't know if he is at his best moment. I think it is the moment that Sergio normally has when 100% fit. I hope he continues like this because he is a top player."