Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus has opened up in an interview with ESPN Brazil speaking out about the driving force behind the team's success, Pep Guardiola playing a striker-less system and plenty more.
Jesus states that fierce competition within the squad has helped push the Blues through this fantastic run of form.
“Quality that we have in training, in structure; then, there is constant fighting in training, a big group, full of good players. Everyone wants to play, to show, to help, want to do something to deserve to play another game...”
He went on to say, “Then, there’s also the one who manages the team, which is the coach, who is very intelligent. He’s very intense, always wants to win, that counts a lot and keeps all players alert to be able to play and win the games.”
Throughout most of this season, Pep Guardiola has decided to leave out Gabriel Jesus for a an extra midfielder, or a false nine. While the 23 year-old accepts the manager's decision, like all footballers, he would prefer to be on the pitch.
“There were times when Kun and I stayed on the bench and Bernardo played. We don’t understand, and then we understand: we win, so I’m happy. Obviously I want to be helping, be on the pitch. But the team winning is what matters."
At times this season, Gabriel Jesus has been criticised for a lack of ruthlessness in front of goal. The Brazilian forward had this to say on his ever improving finishing ability.
“It improves in training, but the truth is that it improves at the time. You have three or four seconds to decide quickly. Not even that. You have a second to decide the move. If you think about it, it’s gone.”
Although he has come into some criticism at times this season, the striker has worked himself back into Pep Guardiola's regular starting eleven after a recent run of good form in front of goal.
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