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Media Watch: 'Aguero can beat Shearer's record'

LETHAL WEAPON: Sergio Aguero celebrates after his superb goal against Brighton at the weekend

LETHAL WEAPON: Sergio Aguero celebrates after his superb goal against Brighton at the weekend

Monday’s media round-up kicks off with the news that Sergio Aguero is being backed to go on and potentially rewrite Premier League history.

There’s also a warning from Brighton boss Chris Hughton that there is much more to come from Pep Guardiola’s side as well as a fascinating insight into tomorrow's Champions League opponents Hoffenheim.

However we start with our all-time record goal-scorer Aguero who found the target once more in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Brighton which saw the Blues overtake Liverpool at the top of the table.

And goal.com report on how Kun’s team-mate Bernardo Silva believes Aguero has the potential to go on and surpass Alan Shearer's all-time Premier League goals record.

Sacha Pisani writes: “Former Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers striker Shearer tops the list with 260 goals but Aguero took his tally to 148 with Saturday’s strike.

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“Aguero, 30, has already netted five goals in seven Premier League appearances for the champions this season.

"I think he can reach it," said City attacker and Portugal international Silva. "He's got the potential.

"Every season he keeps scoring more and more. We hope he can keep helping us win more titles in Manchester.

"Sergio is the best scorer in Manchester City's history," added Silva. "He's a legend not only for Manchester City but also for the Premier League, if not the best striker in the world then one of the best.

"You have to admire players that score 30 goals and next season they don't rest, they want to score 30 or 40 again. We have to admire that and be happy to have him and enjoy it.

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"If he reaches that level it will be even better because everyone knows how important Alan Shearer was for English football and for the Premier League."

Meanwhile the Manchester Evening News carries a story with ominous overtones for the the rest of our domestic rivals.

Reflecting on the victory over Brighton, Simon Bajkowski reveals how Seagulls manager Chris Hughton believes City are still warming to their task this season.

Bajkowski writes: “Hughton was impressed by what his team had to contend with at the Etihad, but still thinks there is more to come from the defending champions as the season progresses.

"They are a top side. They've probably still not got into their best form yet. Last season they were outstanding. It's very difficult coming here.

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"When you're a team like ours with our second season in the division you can get beat big here with the form and the options that they have. It's no coincidence how - I wouldn't say comfortably - but how they won the league last season and with some of the best football the league has seen.

"I don't know if they're at their top at this moment but they will certainly go down in different people's opinions as one of the best teams.”

Finally, with the focus switching to tomorrow night’s Champions League trip to Hoffenheim, BBC Sport online carries a fascinating insight into the rise of the German side from minnows to the playing amongst Europe’s elite.

The Beeb reveals:  “Even though Hoffenheim is small, the club’s head of international relations Lutz Pfannenstiel says the team represents the area and not just the village.

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In 1999 they moved to the Dietmar Hopp Stadium, named after their owner. But their rise was so dramatic that only 10 years later, they outgrew it - and had to build a new stadium, the Rhein-Neckar-Arena in neighbouring Sinsheim. Their reserve and women's teams still play at the Dietmar Hopp Stadium.

"It's a village club," he said. "But the stadium is in a town which is a bit bigger. Heidelberg [with a population of 154,715] is a traditional city and that's in the area [16 miles away] - plus a lot of villages.

"It's a team from the whole region. Reaching the Champions League is not just for the club, it's for the people of the region.

"Our stadium is mostly sold out in the Bundesliga - the numbers of people coming here are growing. But it's not typical football supporters - it's a lot of families and children. It's a family feeling. We don't have an aggressive fan-base like some other clubs. It's all a very peaceful, nice friendly mood.

"We have a 30,000-capacity stadium which I think is beautiful for this region. It's not a hostile stadium where people are trying to rip your head off, it's more like a friendly fanbase with people who enjoy football."

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