Pep Guardiola insisted Sergio Aguero’s hat-trick to beat Newcastle 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium vindicated his decision to abandon plans to add another striker to his squad during the transfer window.
City had been heavily linked with Manchester United-bound Alexis Sanchez but Aguero’s clinical performance against the Magpies suggested City’s champions-elect have no great need to add to their attacking riches.
Aguero glanced home Kevin De Bruyne’s cross to give his side a slender half-time advantage before adding his second from the penalty spot.
Jacob Murphy reduced the deficit for the visitors before Aguero restored City’s 12-point lead at the top of the table when he slotted home after a dazzling piece of work from Leroy Sane.
Guardiola said: “We are not going to buy a striker because we have him (Aguero) and in two to three weeks Gabriel (Jesus) is back.
“Sergio has his special talent because he didn’t touch the ball before his first goal, and there are no words to describe how good he is in a special position, and I am so happy for him.
“The club always tries to improve the team and tries to help the guys to be closer to reach our targets, (but) if one person decides not to come we are not going to be sad – this chapter is over, it is finished and we are going to think about the future.”