The Brazilian striker says the serial trophy winner has instilled that same desire into the City team and is desperate for one more victory this season .
“Pep is so good,” said Jesus. “He’s tactical, his mentality is so good, he has a winning mentality.
“He just wants to win, win, win. It doesn’t matter how. And he works. That’s what I appreciate most about him.
“He’s a winning guy. When you want something, you fight to have it. He learns, he puts it on the pitch and it’s worked for a long time.
“That’s so good for him, for the clubs where he’s worked and for the players.”
Jesus also believes that the pain of previous Champions League disappointments has been channelled positively by the players.
Three successive quarter-final losses, he says, has helped the team develop a tougher outer-layer that has helped when things have been difficult in this season’s campaign.
“Sometimes football is like this,” he said. “Sometimes you win, sometimes you don’t win. What happened with us in seasons before gave us more strength, it gave us more experience.
“Now we have more confidence and are stronger. It will be a difficult game on Saturday. We know our opponents. They are so good, so strong and we’ve played a lot of times against them.
“It’s going to be a difficult game for both sides. Of course we are excited. In the seasons before, it was not easy.
“It was hard to get knocked out at the earlier stages of the Champions League.
“That’s not good, it’s not what we wanted. But this season is different. We’ve made it to our first final, to the first final of this club, the first final for a lot of players.
“It’s not going to be an easy game for either side but we go there to fight for the title.
“They are so good; they have a lot of top players and they play well. It’s going to be tough, tough game.”