After several links away from the club, Gabriel Jesus responded in the best way he knows against Watford on Saturday – by scoring goals.
The Brazilian was in sparkling form against the Hornets, opening the score for the Blues with a controlled finish just outside the box, while his second showed an element of his predatory instinct to attack a cross from Kevin De Bruyne.
Just after halftime, he quickly delivered his hat-trick, plucking the Watford defender’s pocket and forcing Ben Foster to knock him down in the area – the resulting penalty with ease.
Three quickly turned into four as he completed a silky smooth move from City to build up the misery at relegation-threatened Watford.
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He has been out in the cold for most of the season but in recent weeks City fans have been reminding him that he carries the number nine on his back for a reason, and he will be a vital asset to Pep Guardiola during a frenetic run . in.
During his pre-match press conference on Monday ahead of a crucial Champions League clash with Real Madrid, the Catalan was asked to clarify some of the comments from the weekend.
He said that the context around Jesus’could be’ playing as a right-back was due to the 25-year-old’s selflessness rather than future tactical plans.
“He’s not going to play right back! I say he could,” Guardiola clarified.
“Vinicius, Gabriel could be a good fight, but he won’t play there. Maybe for a few minutes, but no.”
As City fans glance at 2020, Jesus actually played a fullback at the Santiago Bernabeu in the Blues’ last 16 win.
That evening, despite an enormous amount of defensive work, the striker scored a crucial equalizer that – with the away goal rule – put City at the wheel to qualify for the next round.
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