Sergio Aguero taken to hospital after struggling to breathe in Barcelona clash
Sergio Aguero made his first home start for Barcelona on Saturday, but left his 1-1 draw with Alaves early, taken to hospital with breathing difficulties.
Sergio Aguero was forced to be absent 42 minutes after his first home start for Barcelona and taken to hospital due to breathing difficulties.
The Manchester City legend was visibly struggling towards the end of the first half against Alaves, lying down on the grass after an awkward clash in the penalty area.
Fortunately, Aguero was up four minutes later and was able to walk away before ex-Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho took his place at Camp Nou.
El Chiringuito presenter Jose Alvarez Haya later reported that the 33-year-old’s heart rate was much higher than it should have been, although he was “doing well” on the way to the hospital for checks.
It was the Blaugrana’s first game since Ronald Koeman’s sacking on Wednesday and took place in front of a crowd of just 37,278.
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The club’s B-team coach Sergi Barjuan took the lead as Memphis Depay missed the deadline shortly after half-time producing a stunning 20-yard stunner.
It took just three minutes for the visitors to equalize as seasoned midfielder Luis Rioja scored from close range to bring the score to 1-1, the final score.
Barca’s finish let them down once again, while Alaves could only manage three attempts on goal, a stark contrast to the La Liga giants’ 16.
The results put Barcelona without a coach in ninth place in the table, with club legend Xavi Hernandez the favorite to take over.
But the Spaniard’s current club Al Sadd issued a firm statement on Friday night, adding that there had been no official approach from the Blaugrana for President Joan Laporta’s No.1 pick.
“In response to what has been circulating recently, Al Said management reaffirms that Xavi has a two-year contract with the club and is fully focused on the team’s upcoming games, to maintain our lead at the top of the league and defend the title. “
Media official Ahmed Al Ansari later confirmed that there had been no official offer from Catalonia.
“Any club that has a little bit of professionalism is supposed to negotiate with the other team if they want a player or a coach under contract.”
Xavi himself was shy when asked about the links as he said at a press conference: “I’m focused on my work with Al-Sadd and can’t talk about anything else. .
For now, however, the Barjuan official has set his short-term goal.
“I want to make the team happy and make them enjoy their football again,” said the acting boss.
“I need all the players to be plugged in to turn the situation around. It is important that they are united.”
Barjuan added: “The players are the same but the concepts could change.
“The real challenge is for the players and they have shown what they are capable of. They have to believe in what we want.”