Manchester City’s penalty kicks have been criticised this season, with almost a third of all penalties not being converted. Statistically, Pep Guardiola’s best option to take penalty duties is the obvious one. Express Sport analyses five of the club’s stars from 12 yards.
Aguero would be Guardiola’s most likely candidate to take penalties, given his superb goalscoring record.
He has scored more penalties than any other player in the club’s recent history with 26.
His record from the spot is all very impressive, having only failed to score on four occasions, out of a possible 30.
This season, he has continued his record from the spot, scoring all three of the penalties he has taken; two in the Premier League and one in the Champions League.
2019-2020 penalty record – 100% (3 from 3)
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Jesus is firmly established within the City squad, and despite largely being a back-up to Aguero, he’s only failed to appear in four league matches this season.
But, although his City goalscoring record is very impressive – a goal in every 123 minutes – he has struggled from the spot.
Since arriving in England, he’s scored six penalties from 10 efforts.
This season, however, he’s failed to net from two spot-kicks – one against Sheffield United last month, and one against Atalanta in the Champions League.
He also missed a penalty during an international friendly against Argentina in November.
2019-2020 penalty record – 0% (0 from 2)
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Gundogan is usually reliable when given the penalties responsibility.
Before this season, he had scored all four of his spot-kicks while playing for Guardiola’s team.
While his effort was saved against Tottenham last weekend, he had previously scored both of his penalties this season.
That takes his overall record to 86 per cent for his Etihad Stadium career.
2019-2020 penalty record – 67% (2 from 3)
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City’s No 7 has taken just one penalty so far this season, which was saved.
His penalty came in City’s 3-2 defeat to Wolves in December.
He has, however, scored from the spot for City before. He netted from 12 yards in a 6-0 win over Watford in September 2017.
He also scored the winning goal in the club’s Carabao Cup final penalty shootout win against Chelsea last season.
2019-2020 penalty record – 0% (0 from 1)
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Kevin de Bruyne
De Bruyne hasn’t taken a penalty – outside of a penalty shootout – in all competitions since October 2016.
On that occasion, his shot was saved by Maarten Stekelenburg in a 1-1 draw against Everton in the Premier League.
De Bruyne had only previously taken two penalties in his career, both of which came with his national team Belgium.
He scored during a 2014 international friendly against Luxembourg, before scoring again from the spot six months later against Andorra.
While De Bruyne hasn’t got a history of taking penalties, Guardiola would surely be considering handing the midfielder the responsibility after a number of failed attempts this season.
2019-2020 penalty record – N/A (0 from 0)
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