Manchester City exacted revenge for their Champions League final defeat with an impressive 1-0 win against Chelsea on Saturday.
Pep Guardiola picked a starting XI without a fixed number nine, which allowed City to dominate possession and suffocate Chelsea out of the game. Jesus has been one of the main beneficiaries of City failing to sign Harry Kane this summer, evidenced by his poacher’s finish.
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But Jesus deserves a lot of praise for his instincts, showing the “smell for goals” that Guardiola has demanded in the past.
Aside from the goal, Jesus was superb. His movement was second to none, his pressing was intense and his work-rate tireless.
“Gabriel always gives everything, you cannot say anything to him”, Guardiola told BT Sport after the final whistle. “Every single game he runs for his teammates, these types of players make me so happy.”
Despite Pep admitting in August that he no longer sees Jesus as a striker, the Brazilian showed that he can be ruthless when needed. Were Harry Kane or a Cristiano Ronaldo spearheading the City attack, that chance likely doesn’t fall to Jesus.
Source: Manchester United Evening