Guardiola explains why Jesus is key for Man City after brace at Burnley

Date published: Tuesday 3rd December 2019 10:45

Pep Guardiola waxed lyrical over the qualities of Gabriel Jesus and Rodri after their goalscoring exploits in Manchester City’s 4-1 win over Burnley.

Jesus hit a brace before Rodri extended the lead with a thunderbolt. Both sides got a late goal, with Riyad Mahrez adding one for City and Robbie Brady pulling back a consolation for the hosts.

It was a welcome return to winning ways for City, who had drawn their last two games and had not tasted victory on the road since October.

Guardiola told Amazon: “We played good and didn’t concede much. The transitions and the space we found was good.

“The goals scored were really good, incredible crosses and finishing.

“We need Gabriel Jesus, strikers are there to score goals and we need him. Strikers like him and Sergio Aguero live for goals.

“It’s not easy to replace Sergio but the team doesn’t have doubts about Jesus. The quality of the strikers make the difference.”

Guardiola also praised the performance of another of their goalscorers, Rodri.

“He was incredible. His transitions are so clever. He’s so young and his physicality is great.

“He wants to learn and he’s ready and that’s why we can always count on him.”

The City boss then told Match of the Day how Burnley refused to give them an easy game, despite the wide scoreline.

“It is difficult to control Burnley’s strength. We played with an incredible amount of passes and we needed that.

“Here is not easy. We conceded one chance in the first half but we played in a clever way and it is a good performance.

“It finished 1-4 but the same happened against Newcastle – they had two chances but they scored them. The performance was quite similar. We are in general in good rhythm last few games.”

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