‘He has always been very important since I arrived at the club’: Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus reveals how pep talk from Fernandinho inspired him to end barren run against Burnley
- Gabriel Jesus was feeling the pressure after a run of one goal in 11 matches
- But the Brazilian then scored twice as Manchester City thrashed Burnley 4- 1
- And Jesus has Fernandinho to thank for his upturn in form on Tuesday night
Jesus was the feeling the pressure after a run of one goal in 11 games as he prepared to fill in for the injured Sergio Aguero as City’s main striker for the third match in a row.
But after a quiet word from Fernandinho, the 22-year-old striker scored twice in a 4-1 win at Turf Moor to cut Liverpool‘s lead at the top of the Premier League to eight points.
Gabriel Jesus scored twice for Manchester City as they thrashed Burnley 4-1 at Turf Moor
‘Sometimes I miss the chances we create as a team but I’m aware that my main responsibility is to score goals. So, if I play, I need to score,’ said Jesus.
‘I’m very passionate about playing football and I always want to play well and score goals because I’m a striker and strikers must score. Especially at this level and fighting for a position with Sergio Aguero, who scores goals in every game.
‘So, having a run of 10 games without scoring a goal is difficult for me. Negative thoughts cross your mind and that affects your mood.
‘I’m a person who shows a lot the mood through my face and behaviour. I’m a very positive and cheerful guy and, when I’m happy, I transmit a lot of happiness.
‘The same way, when I’m not happy, you can also tell. Fernandinho perceived it and came to talk to me. I had the chat with him and it helped me a lot.
Jesus has revealed how a pep talk from Fernandinho helped him fire City to victory on Tuesday
‘He has always been very important since I arrived at the club. With his experience throughout his career, he is giving me advice.
‘The day before the game, we had a nice chat. He always looks after all of us, especially the young ones. As a countryman, he came to talk to me and tell me to remain calm. I was calm today, more confident and I managed to score two goals. That was very important to me.’
Liverpool can restore their 11-point lead over City by winning the Merseyside derby against Everton on Wednesday night. Jesus added: ‘We have only played 15 fixtures and, in spite of being only December, we are eight points behind Liverpool.
‘So obviously, at this point, it’s very difficult. But I think we are still in early stages of the season, there are a lot of games to play.
‘December is always a crucial month for the championship, so we need to be very focused and try to win game by game.’
The Brazilian striker is filling in for Sergio Aguero, who is currently out with a thigh injury