Jesus is on double top form for Brazil
GABRIEL Jesus sent out a warning to Mark Hughes - scoring twice for Brazil ahead of Saturday’s clash with Stoke.
The City striker is set to lead Pep Guardiola’s attack in the absence of the injured Sergio Aguero.
And his return to scoring form comes at the perfect time after enduring his longest goalless run for City since signing in January.
Jesus has gone three games without a goal since scoring against Watford last month.
His goals in the 3-0 win against Chile on Wednesday - both coming in the second half - will be major confidence boost after the 20-year-old was critical of his own performances before the international break.
“I’ve not played so well these days, I was not playing so well against Shakhtar,” he said after being substituted during the Champions League tie. “I missed a few passes, it’s normal, but I was able to do what the coach asked for.
“Of course, nobody likes to be replaced.
“If anyone said that it’s because they do not want to play.”
City are looking to maintain their place at the top of the Premier League and continue their unbeaten start to the season.
Guardiola will see this weekend as an opportunity to move clear of Manchester United, who face Liverpool at Anfield in the lunchtime kick off.
Aguero cracked a rib in a car accident in Holland ahead of the 1-0 win against Chelsea last month.
He has returned to light training, but City have yet to put a date on when he will be back on the pitch.