Pep Guardiola praises Gabriel Jesus

Pep Guardiola praises Gabriel Jesus

Pep Guardiola praises Gabriel Jesus

Pep Guardiola hailed Gabriel Jesus after his double against Everton but also labelled Sergio Aguero "irreplaceable" at Manchester City.

Phil Foden was handed the start and looked to have scored the opener for City early in the match, only for the goal to be ruled out for an offside call against Riyad Mahrez in the buildup.

The 22-year-old scored both of City's goals in their 2-1 win at home to Everton on New Year's Day, taking his tally for the season to 13 in all competitions.

Ilkay Gundogan's pass split the Everton defence and Jesus took a touch inside before a curling a fine finish into the far corner.

Everton cut the deficit in half by Richarlison's far post after Claudio Bravo's bad blow fell from the back (71) before Jesus was denied a hat-trick by the post.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin could easily have turned red for an off-the-floor, scissors-motion tackle on Fernandinho, but referee Andre Marriner only gave a yellow.

We have changed a little bit defensively, and the players have adapted really well.

@Wilsonfooty: Two years to the day that Virgil van Dijk won the last FA Cup Merseyside derby on his Liverpool debut, here they go again. "I am delighted with the performance.

We are going to try and analyse not just in terms of the squad but as a club how we can do better". We played it really well. It was a good sign but we could do better than we did in the first half.

Carlo Ancelotti has picked up maximum points from his first two matches as Everton chief, but now the Italian faces his toughest test yet when his side travel to the Etihad.

Chris Wilder confirmed on Friday that a deal is close, and the club even hope to have him available for selection in their FA Cup third round clash with AFC Fylde on Sunday.

"So I congratulate Manchester City for that".

Carlo Ancelotti says Manchester City have not been performing at the same level as last season, while Liverpool have improved.

Aguero gave City their finest moment - the spectacular last-gasp victor against Queens Park Rangers in 2012 that earned the club the most dramatic of Premier League titles - but their all-time top goalscorer can not go on forever.

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