Pep Guardiola hopes dinner will be on Sergio Aguero when he becomes the leading scorer in Manchester City history.
Aguero moved level with Eric Brook on 177 goals at the top of City’s all-time list by breaking the deadlock from the penalty spot during Saturday’s 3-0 win over Burnley.
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It meant a goalscoring return for the Argentina striker, three weeks after he suffered a broken rib in a car accident. Second-half efforts from his compatriot Nicolas Otamendi and Leroy Sane meant City extended their lead at the Premier League summit to five points after Manchester United suffered a shock 2-1 loss at Huddersfield Town.
“When you have three weeks out you take a little bit [of time to get] the rhythm. He needed to play minutes and he did it today,” Guardiola told a post-match news conference when assessing Aguero’s display.
“It was important for him to equalise the record and as soon as possible he is going to break it. When he breaks it, it will be something special.
“It’s so important for him to be the top scorer in all the history with the club. We are happy to be in this moment with him.”
Speaking to BBC Sport, Guardiola added: “He should pay a tribute to us! He should invite us to dinner maybe. One more goal… it’s going to happen sooner or later.”
Burnley’s players protested at length after Bernardo Silva went down under a challenge from goalkeeper Nick Pope, persuading referee Roger East to point to the spot.
Guardiola, on the other hand, saw little controversy in the game’s key moment.
“It’s a penalty, I saw it. It’s a penalty,” he said. “The goalkeeper touched the right foot of Bernardo.”
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Burnley manager Sean Dyche viewed the incident slightly differently, believing Portugal international Silva was “stretching gamesmanship”.
“If I kicked my kid in the garden he wouldn’t fall like that,” he said. “There has to be a bit of almost what I’d call honour in the game. That’s out of the window because it’s not there.
Silva insisted himself that the referee made the correct decision, insisting contact was made.
“He clearly touched me, I felt it. I haven’t seen the replay yet but I think it was a penalty,” he told the Manchester Evening News.
“As I said, he touched me and my ankle turned. It hurt a little bit and for me it was a penalty.”
City are now five points clear at the top of the Premier League after Manchester United’s defeat to Huddersfield on Saturday. Guardiola’s side visit West Bromwich Albion next week, after United face third-place Tottenham.