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Pep Hails Jesus Return

Pep Hails Jesus Return

Pep Guardiola was pleased to see Gabriel Jesus back on the scoresheet as he bagged a brace in the 3-1 win over Everton.

Jesus’ goals were his first in the Premier League since August and laid the platform for a Manchester City victory that took the champions back to the top of the table.

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The 21-year-old has struggled for form this season but manager Guardiola showed faith in him for the visit of the Toffees by starting him ahead of the fit-again Sergio Aguero.

“It is so important for him – strikers need to score goals,” Guardiola said. “What he has done today, he has done in other games but the difference is he has scored goals. He has done it in a fantastic way. It was so valuable, his performance.”

Jesus’ goals fired City into a 2-0 lead and Raheem Sterling added their third after Dominic Calvert-Lewin briefly gave Everton hope.

Guardiola said: “It was a tricky game after the Champions League, less than three days’ recovery. They were able to draw at Stamford Bridge and at Anfield – until the last second. They are a top side, not just the 11 that started.

“Today it was in our minds we were going to suffer and so we did. The game was not over until the end.”

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