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TEAM PLAYER: Gabriel Jesus

TEAM PLAYER: Gabriel Jesus

We look at five topics of discussion ahead of Man City’s crucial Premier League home game against second-placed Tottenham.

1 The GJ effect

The confirmation that Gabriel Jesus is now a City player and is available for the game against Spurs is a huge boost.

Whether Jesus starts against Spurs or not won’t be known until an hour before kick-off but the mere fact he could feature adds spice to the fixture.

The Brazilian’s arrival has been eagerly-awaited by City fans and Pep Guardiola now has another attacking option to unleash.

Will he partner Sergio Aguero? Will the strikers be rotated more often? All questions that will be answered over the next few months, no doubt.

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2 Striking early

If there’s one thing City could do with against Tottenham, it’s an early goal.

The Blues rarely start poorly, but converting possession and chances into goals will be key to beating Tottenham.

The players will still be licking their wounds after last Sunday’s 4-0 defeat at Everton and will look to race out of the blocks early – so when the chances come, they need to be converted.

3 10/10 for Sergio

If there’s one team Sergio Aguero enjoys playing against, it’s Tottenham Hotspur.

In five games against the Lilywhites at the Etihad, Sergio has banged in seven goals and in 10 matches in total he’s scored 10 times.

That’s some record and if you are a believer in the old saying ‘horses for courses’, Kun might just hold the key to victory in this game.

More impressive still, Aguero loves playing London clubs and has scored in 43 in 59 appearances against teams from the capital since joining City.

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4 Stopping a rampant Spurs side

Tottenham couldn’t arrive at the Etihad in much better form with six wins on the bounce taking them up to second spot in the Premier League.

The manner Spurs dispatched Chelsea recently was a mixture of skill and power – though it should be noted City had Chelsea on the ropes at 1-0 and were within a whisker of going two goals up when the team met at the start of December.

Mauricio Pochettino has fashioned a team who are mean in defence and clinical up front, but it is the power in midfield that swept the Blues aside at White Hart Lane earlier this season. That day, Victor Wanyama, Moussa Sissoko and Dele Alli closed down City’s creative talents with an aggressive, speedy press that the Blues couldn’t cope with.

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Spurs will have Moussa Dembele available this time – plus Harry Kane – both of whom missed the first meeting in October, though Jan Vertonghen and Erik Lamela will not feature.

City were also without Kevin De Bruyne that day and will miss Fernandinho on Saturday who is still suspended.

The Blues will need to be at their very best to win this game but have already proved against Barcelona that on top form, anyone can be beaten.

5 Momentum shift

The Goodison Park defeat was tough to take, but a winning run can change everything and there are still 17 games and 51 points to play for. City's stellar start to the season proves the players can do it!

Granted, if the gap increases at the top, it would take the leaders and a few teams around the Blues to have major blips to open up the title race again, but City will keep going regardless of the situation with Champions League qualification looking like a six-horse battle.

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Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus has attracted a lot of attention during his short career and plenty of prominent figures in the game have had their say on his talent.

The young Brazil striker is set to start work at the City Football Academy and according to many of the biggest names in world football; City fans should be excited.

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