Pep Guardiola hailed Gabriel Jesus for the four-goal salvo that shot Manchester City to a four-point Premier League lead by comparing him to Barcelona great Hristo Stoichkov. The Manchester City forward added an assist to Rodri in the 5-1 win over Watford that put the pressure back on Liverpool ahead of their Merseyside derby against Everton tomorrow.
The Blues boss refused to speak about Jesus’ future after talk that the player will leave the club this summer after failing to nail down a regular place. But he was full of praise for his quality and said that his man of the match display was universally popular in the dressing room and among the backroom staff.
“I said before, if there is one person in world football that deserves nights like Gabriel had, then it is him,” he said. “We are delighted for him and he helped us a lot. He helped us to win this game. Of course, the assist from Oleks [Zinchenko] and the assist from Kevin [De Bruyne] are brilliant, but he has to be there.”
But when asked about the speculation on Jesus’ future, Guardiola said: “I want to tell you something; Gabriel [Jesus] is our player. I don’t know what is going to happen, but he is a Man City player. When he has days like today, I am the happiest man in the world!
“Every player is happy when they play 90 minutes all the time but at the end of the season whether he wants to extend, stay or leave, I don’t know or don’t care. We have less than one month. My only concern is the players will do everything to try and win, after that no one knows what will happen.
“If one person in the world deserves nights like this, it’s him. There is no one on the backroom staff or who knows him that isn’t happy for him. When you are so positive and generous as he is in every way, life and football can reward you.
“When he has situations like this we’re happy for him because he’s so generous. It doesn’t matter what position he’s in, we know how he fights for his mates. He’s fantastic.”