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Guardiola keeps cool after Jesus complaint

Published : 28 Sep 2019 05:47 PM | Updated : 07 Sep 2020 05:36 AM

Pep Guardiola insists he has no problem with Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus being unhappy about his lack of first-team starts, 

reports AFP.

In a recent interview with a Brazilian TV station, Jesus spoke of his frustration at playing understudy to City's record goal-scorer Sergio Aguero. Jesus has started just one Premier League game this season, while Aguero has scored in all six league games so far.

The Brazilian has three goals in his five appearances, with his other starts coming in the Champions League and League Cup. "No player will be happy when he doesn't play regularly. Gabriel is happy when he plays and not happy when he doesn't, but it's not just him," Guardiola told reporters on Friday.

"Him and Sergio have different qualities. Sergio is one of the most outstanding players I've seen in 

small spaces. "I try to let them both play as much as possible. They each have little details that make the difference.

"Sergio could have scored five goals against Watford. Gabriel could have scored three or four against Preston in the Carabao Cup."

"It's so difficult for me. In some games Gabriel gives me something Sergio cannot. And the other way around.

"Both guys are incredible. Sergio is one of the nicest guys I've ever met. He is so humble for such a top player.