Jesus feels confidence returning
Gabriel Jesus believes he is close to getting back to his best for Manchester City after suffering a post-World Cup hangover.
The Brazilian ace made a big impact when joining the Blues from Palmeiras in January of 2017, in a deal worth around £25million, scoring three goals having made just six starts.
But Jesus was in and out of the side last term and then failed to score at the World Cup for Brazil, who crashed out at the quarter-final stage of the tournament, and he looked out of sorts at the start of this campaign.
Those punters eyeing bet365 sign up offers will note though that Jesus has shown signs of getting back to his best in recent weeks, bagging seven goals in his last seven games, including four in the 9-0 Carabao Cup victory over Burton.
The 21-year-old admits he has been guilty of trying too hard in some games, but feels his recent run has helped him as he prepares for the second half of the season.
Jesus said: “It was very important for my mentality. I need to score goals, I know that. Sometimes it’s difficult but I always try to score and help the team.
“I am a striker so I have to score, but I always try to play well and help the team every time. This week is special to me because I have scored a lot.”
The striker went on to add: “Last year was difficult for me after the World Cup, but I have forgotten that now. My feeling is back, and I have been so happy that my family has been here with me.”
The Brazilian’s return to form will come as a welcome boost for Pep Guardiola, especially after the recent fitness concerns over top-goalscorer Sergio Aguero.
The City boss could see Jesus’ return to form as an opportunity to give Aguero a break, especially with European action set to return in February.
City have a fantastic goalscoring record this term, failing to score just twice – in the league against Chelsea and Liverpool – in 32 matches in all competitions. In that time, Guardiola’s men have scored 94 goals – 56 of those coming in the Premier League.
With City still fighting on four fronts this season, Guardiola will need his squad fully fit and available to stand any chance of achieving the quadruple. The Citizens are currently 50/1 to win all four trophies – Premier League, League Cup, FA Cup and Champions League – in the 2018-19 campaign.
The defending league champions are currently preparing for a run of five games in 15 days, starting with a home clash against Wolves on Monday evening.
They then travel to Yorkshire to face struggling Huddersfield on Sunday January 20, before the second leg of the League Cup semi-final at Burton.
City’s attentions then switch to the FA Cup and a fourth round tie with Burnley at the Etihad on January 26, before a midweek league trip to Newcastle on January 29.