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Aguero and Jesus ‘suited’ says Pep

PERFECT PAIR: Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus are forging an effective partnership.
Pep Guardiola believes Gabriel Jesus is proving to be an adept foil for strike partner Sergio Aguero.

The Catalan has opted to use the South American pair as the focal point of his attack on several occasions this season and it is already paying dividends.

Aguero – on the verge of breaking the Club’s goal scoring record – has netted six times in as many games, while Jesus has notched five goals from his seven appearances.

That leaves the young Brazilian with an overall tally of 11 goals from 13 league starts and Guardiola is in no doubt as to the impact the 20-year-old has had since his January arrival.

“Gabriel has helped us a lot since he arrived,” he said.

“We missed him when he was injured after just three or four games.

“He suits playing with Sergio and with his energy he helps us with our high pressing.

“He is a top striker and playing as Brazil’s No.9 is not easy, but he cannot forget, there are a lot of things he can improve because he is young enough.

“I am excited to help him, especially the simple things which will make him become a better player.”

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Jesus is no doubt hoping he can have as fruitful a spell in the Blue shirt as his fellow forward, who is three strikes away from becoming the Club’s all-time leading scorer.

Reflecting on what would be a wonderful achievement, Pep is hopeful there are many more goals to come from the Argentine.

“Sergio Aguero is going to break the record,” added Guardiola. “That is going to happen.

“He has to be proud of that and Manchester City has to be proud of that. It is fantastic for him to have been here so long and to break the record.

“That’s good and we’ll try to help him score more goals for a long time here.”

Of course, scoring goals has not been a problem for City of late and a continuation of this would be most welcome when Roy Hodgson brings his side to the Etihad on Saturday.

Bottom of the league and without a goal to their name, the City boss was asked at his pre-match press conference whether he was concerned to be facing a side who may well set up with a particularly defensive outlook.

It’s a recurring problem for Guardiola, but one he feels his team are becoming increasingly capable of dealing with.

“I have struggled with that all of my career,” he responded.

"It was always like this, in nine years as a manager.

“I know it is not easy. We defend a lot of spaces in behind, when they defend small spaces. But it is nice, when it works, believe me, it is nice.

“The quality of players we have – with David Silva, De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva and Raheem – they have the ability to move in the small spaces and if you do not have that quality you cannot play in that way.”

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