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Guardiola full of praise for Gabriel Jesus after first City start

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola heaped praise on Gabriel Jesus, after the Brazilian made his first start for the club in their 3-0 FA Cup win over Crystal Palace on Saturday. Jesus provided an excellent assist, but missed a presentable chance to score himself.

But Guardiola was pleased with the 19 year old’s performance as City eased into the FA Cup 5th Round. “He helped a lot," said Guardiola. "It's the first game and it's not easy for him to communicate as he doesn't speak English, so he'll need time.

“But he makes a lot of movement and his assist was outstanding. Sooner or later the new player has to start to play. Of course they have to deserve to play and show me on the pitch and on the training session but he made a good five or 10 minutes against Tottenham, when he came in and created two or three chances.

"Today he made a good assist and it was his last action, the fight and run with the central defender, and he won the duel. He played very good. He's very young, though - we cannot forget he's 19 years old and he has a lot of room to improve. But we're here to help him and improve his natural condition he has."

 
 

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