Argentina coach Bauza: Aguero disrespect bothers me

The Manchester City forward has become a target after two uninspired performances in recent international games, but his manager believes he can get back to his best

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Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza has admitted he is troubled by the criticism received by Sergio Aguero, whom he backed to recover his best form in international colors.

The Manchester City forward endured a difficult international break in October, failing to hit the net once as Argentina slumped to a draw away to Peru and a home defeat at the hands of Paraguay. 

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Those performances prompted some harsh words from observers in his native country, both for Kun and for his coach, and Bauza believes many went too far. 

"I try not to pay attention to the comments. In Argentina some of the critics about football are constructive, but the disrespect bothers me," he told Goal Argentina. "Aguero is now criticized in Manchester City and in Argentina, despite all the things he did. Aguero has proven that he has a great performance and that he deserves to be in the national team.

"He may have bad moments, but he can win a match."

The former San Lorenzo, Sao Paulo and Liga de Quito also confessed that he found it hard to relax ahead of a big game, taking advantage of his nerves to cover all the bases. 

"I don't sleep, neither before or after the matches. Every day I sleep less and less, but that's usual, I do a lot of thinking," he said, before adding that the job had cut into his reading time, meaning he isn't able to delve into books by former Milan boss Arrigo Sacchi, ex-Madrid coach Jorge Valdano and current Bayern manager Carlo Ancelotti.

"Before and after the matches I analyze everything, but that's normal. Unfortunately, I'm not reading as much as I'd like to. I've been sent some books on football, that, even though I'm already familiar with, I give them a chance to see if I find something new.

"I've been sent books of Arrigo Sacchi, Valdano, Ancelotti. I read a couple of pages and then change the book. I don't know what I'm looking for, but I read them because they have very interesting personalities, important in football. If I can take away some ideas from them, it works."

Bauza's Argentina is back in action Nov. 10, when it takes on Brazil in Belo Horizonte before hosting Colombia five days later.