Sergio Aguero Apologizes for Penalty Miss in Manchester City's Loss to Chelsea

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVMay 8, 2021

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City prepares to take a penalty which his misses with a panenka attempt during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea at Etihad Stadium on May 8, 2021 in Manchester, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)
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Manchester City star Sergio Aguero apologized after missing a penalty in the club's 2-1 defeat to Chelsea on Saturday, a result that delayed City from clinching a Premier League title.

Sergio Kun Aguero @aguerosergiokun

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.

With Manchester City up 1-0 thanks to a Raheem Sterling goal, Aguero had the opportunity to double the lead in the third minute of first-half stoppage time. Instead, he provided a reminder of the risks of the Panenka penalty.

NBC Sports Soccer @NBCSportsSoccer

Agüero attempted the panenka, and he missed. pic.twitter.com/iIAhvj99Z0

Aguero's apology is probably unnecessary.

Pep Guardiola's side is still up 13 points on second-placed Manchester United, which has two games in hand but only 15 points left to earn. Barring a total collapse from City, the Premier League title race remains a fait accompli.

Guardiola remained circumspect about the situation:

Simon Stone @sistoney67

More Pep on Aguero pen: "Always I say to the players in the penalties take one decision, panenka, right, left, short, whatever you want, but commit. He was committed, if he miss it, he miss it. Everyone is disappointed but the first disappointment is him, you know that." https://t.co/y2ZXhQgdt4

Aguero, who's departing the club at the end of the season after a 10-year stay, also has another opportunity to end his City tenure on a high note when Manchester City and Chelsea meet again May 29 in the UEFA Champions League final.

Having thoroughly conquered England, the Champions League is the one trophy City covets more than any other. Aguero is already a club legend to the point that a statue of him will go up outside the Etihad Stadium. A victory over Chelsea later this month would be the perfect capper.