Gabriel Jesus admits it is a ‘special’ feeling after netting a hat-trick in Manchester City’s 4-1 Champions League victory at Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday night.
The Premier League champions were already assured of their place in next year’s knock-out stages but completed their group stage campaign with a comprehensive win in Croatia, coming from behind to secure victory courtesy of Jesus’ treble and a goal for Phil Foden.
Pep Guardiola opted to rotate his side for the clash but it was Jesus who once again led the line in the absence of the injured Sergio Aguero, the 22-year-old proving a more than able deputy and expressing his delight after helping himself to a Champions League hat-trick,
”I enjoyed it, all the time I score goals I enjoy. I’m happy with my teammates, they help me,” Jesus told BT Sport.
”It’s special, when I’m young I think about playing and scoring in the Champions League so it’s very special to score goals and a hat-trick as well.”
Man City have now scored 500 goals in all competitions under Pep Guardiola (199 games), at least 95 more than any other senior English team since he was appointed
108 Sergio Aguero
73 Raheem Sterling
55 Gabriel Jesus
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— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) December 11, 2019
Jesus’ goals continued a trend of finding the net away from home this season with the forward yet to score at the Etihad in the current campaign, though he remains unconcerned that his last 10 goals have all come in away fixtures.
”Just coincidence. I think it’s coincidence,” he added.
”Sometimes it’s like this, at home I haven’t scored this season. I want to score, I don’t think about this. Always when I go to the pitch I want to score.”
City return to league action this weekend when they travel to London to face Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday, the club currently sitting third in the Premier League ahead of the clash with Freddie Ljungberg’s side.
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