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Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus, in what was his first full season at the Club, enjoyed a fine individual campaign and was another of the key components in our twin Premier League and Carabao Cup triumphs.
Despite being sidelined for two months after sustaining a knee injury at Crystal Palace on New Year’s Eve, Gabriel still contributed a crucial return of 17 goals from his 42 appearances throughout the campaign.
From his strike at Bournemouth early in the campaign through to deadly finishes in the capital against both Tottenham and West Ham, the 21-year-old constantly demonstrated his prowess in front of goal.
But, of course, both Gabriel and City arguably saved the best until last with his dramatic last-gasp winner at Southampton on the final day of the season providing an unforgettable finale to a record-breaking campaign.
With time almost up it appeared as though City would sign off the 2017/18 season with a goalless draw and so finish on 98 points.
But in a moment of genius and high drama that served to epitomise both the Club’s unquenchable spirit and his own sublime skills, Gabriel showed his poise and ice-cool finishing technique as he latched onto Kevin De Bruyne’s sublime through ball.
After bringing the ball under control with his left foot, Gabriel then coolly lobbed Saints keeper Alex McCarthy to secure a priceless 1-0 win and spark scenes of utter jubilation amongst our staff and fans as we secured the magical 100 points tally for the season.
It was a goal that will go down as one of the most dramatic in City’s history and one which summed up the sheer quality of Jesus.
The spirit of true Blue unity coursed through City’s veins throughout the 2017/18 campaign and was another of the secrets behind the Club’s remarkable success.
One of the many magic qualities engendered by manager Pep Guardiola was to mould together an amazingly talented squad who both revelled in their work and in each other’s company.
Whether it was in the happy, relaxed mood at the club’s CFA training HQ, or the sheer joy on the players’ expressions as they rewrote the record books throughout the season, it was apparent that Pep’s band of Blue brothers represented a formidable force.
And that spirit didn’t just permeate the players.
On numerous occasions as the season unfolded Pep paid generous tribute to the spirit of the entire City staff, pointing out how that unity and sense of purpose had combined to yield incredible results.
“The spirit is really strong,” Pep revealed at the halfway point of the campaign. “Every day I say thank-you for my physios, doctors and kit man.
“All the people like that, because they are involved. They support. They encourage the players. ‘Move forward, move forward’, they say. I cannot do it alone.
“They help me. They are most of the time with them encouraging.
“We always speak about how we celebrate the goals. That is simple to see. That is not the real situation which happens.
“The real situation is how the players who don’t play celebrate when they are warming up, on the bench and after that in the locker room. Every day, not just after the games.
“You can ask all the managers when they have success, when they win titles, always they have a common thing. The group is strong.”
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