Jesus is on dou­ble top form for Brazil

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT -

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.

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