Gabriel Jesus explains mentality Manchester City need to adopt for Premier League run-in

Gabriel Jesus rewarded Pep Guardiola with a goal against Liverpool on Sunday after he was handed his first Premier League start since New Year’s Day.

The striker scored his seventh goal of the season to give Manchester City a 2-1 half-time lead before Liverpool’s equaliser 48 seconds after the restart. The Brazilian has had to play a bit-part role in City’s title defence so was eager to make his mark on the game.

He is going for his fourth title since his 2017 arrival at the Etihad, having been part of the squad that pipped Liverpool to the crown by a point in the 2018/19 season. Jesus finds himself in a similar situation with City having a single-point advantage with seven matches left to play.

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The 25-year-old is well accustomed to these kinds of pressures at this stage of the campaign, having won a total of nine trophies under Guardiola, when including Community Sheilds. Speaking to club media , he described this period as “the best moment of the season.”

But Jesus was sure not to understate the importance of each game, describing all fixtures in the Premier League run-in as being like cup finals. He outlined the mentality City need to uphold if they are to get over the line.

“This run is good because we will fight until the end until the Premier League is done,” he said. “We will try as always. It is the Premier League, you cannot think about the previous game.

“You have to think of the next one every time and play it like a final, get the three points and move on.” He added: “It is not that easy (to retain the title). We know that if we win all of our games then we can win the Premier League.

“It is tough. (Liverpool) have to win all of their games as well and that is why the Premier League is one of the best competitions in the world.”

Premier League attentions are parked to one side for now with City needing to first come through a tricky Champions League quarter-final second leg away at Atletico Madrid. They travel to Spain with a 1-0 advantage but know to expect a hostile welcome against a side they managed to break down just once at the Etihad.

City also travel to Wembley to take on Liverpool again on Saturday, this time in the semi-final of the FA Cup. It’s set to be a crucial week for both clubs, with the Reds also facing Benfica in their Champions League home leg this week following their 3-1 win in Portugal.

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