Aguero, speaking to the media [as reported by the Mirror], confirmed that he was hoping that both Atleti’s fine football and the work of their head coach Diego Simeone would be repaid in the quarter against Barca.
“I was hoping for the best for Atletico against Barca because they have been playing really well and Cholo (coach Diego Simeone) has had a great few years there,” the Argentine forward began.
“It makes me happy to see them doing well because Atleti will always be a special place for me,” he continued, “because it was my first club in Europe.”
Aguero moved to the Vicente Calderon in 2006, having learned his trade with Independiente in his homeland.
He enjoyed five fine years with Atleti, becoming the darling of the fans and winning the Europa League and the Uefa Super Cup in 2010, to go along with the Intertoto Cup in 2007.
Since moving to City, however, Aguero has become a genuine world-class operator, winning the Premier League in both 2012 and 2014, and lifting the League Cup twice.
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Atleti fell to a 2-1 defeat in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Barcelona, but bounced back to see of the Catalan giants with a 2-0 second-leg triumph, following a fine brace by Antoine Griezmann.