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Monday 18 December 2017

Jesus repays Pep's faith

Divine intervention may spark late title challenge

Manchester Paul Hyland City’s Gabriel Jesus was a revelation in their 4-0 thrashing of West Ham at London Stadium last night, it was the 20-year old Brazilian’s first Premier League start
Manchester Paul Hyland City’s Gabriel Jesus was a revelation in their 4-0 thrashing of West Ham at London Stadium last night, it was the 20-year old Brazilian’s first Premier League start

Pepe Guardiola set off in pursuit of Antonio Conte and Chelsea with a four-goal demolition of West Ham and he has Jesus to thank.

Brazilian prodigy Gabriel Fernando de Jesus scored City's third to mark his first start in the Premier League and played his part in a fantastic performance from Manchester City.

A good night for City fans got better when Manchester United could only draw 0-0 at home with Hull.

Guardiola was coy when asked whether this comprehensive win signalled the beginning of a City charge but vowed his team would fight until the last day of the season.

"The gap is too big. (Only) Chelsea can lose the Premier League but we will be there until the last day fighting to be among the top teams," said Guardiola.

Refusing to become carried away by the suggestion that his team had just put in a near-perfect performance, he said: "We are far away from perfect.

"We controlled the game and yes we are happy. West Ham arrived for this game in a good mood. We were quite solid but nothing amazing," he said before focusing on his strike force.

"The guys up front are so quick, they create chances," he said.

"This kid (Jesus) is 20-years-old. There are strikers in big teams in Europe at that age. He is clever with the ball and he has the instinct in the box."

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