English Premiership

Jesus can't be Man City saviour, says Guardiola

2017-01-22 14:14
Pep Guardiola (Getty Images)

Manchester - Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola warned against expecting too much from new arrival Gabriel Jesus after he made an eye-catching debut in their 2-2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur.

Substitute Jesus, a £27 million acquisition from Palmeiras, twice went close to giving City victory, heading narrowly over and seeing a goal ruled out for offside.

But having seen his side squander a succession of chances and then blow a 2-0 lead, Guardiola said the 19-year-old Brazil starlet would not be able to solve City's problems singlehandedly.

"He has his talent, but alone (he) cannot do that. So we have to involve (him) a lot," Guardiola told reporters at the Etihad Stadium.

"If it was one day, today, I would tell you. But it was all the season. We have to score goals and we are not able to do that.

"We try to create, we create, but we don't score goals and when that happens, it's impossible to win the games. It's impossible."

City went into the game on the back of a 4-0 drubbing at Everton, while Spurs were chasing a seventh successive league win, but it was the home side who looked like the team in form.

After battering Spurs in the first half, they went 2-0 up early in the second half courtesy of a pair of blunders by visiting goalkeeper Hugo Lloris that allowed Leroy Sane and Kevin De Bruyne to score.

But Dele Alli reduced the arrears and after Kyle Walker had escaped punishment for a penalty-box shove on City forward Raheem Sterling, substitute Son Heung-Min swept in a 77th-minute equaliser.

Walker conceded in a television interview that he had pushed Sterling in an attempt to destabilise his England colleague as he shot.

Guardiola said his team's wastefulness had been the main reason for their undoing, but he suggested he would ask referees' chief Mike Riley for clarification on the rules.

"The rules here are the rules so maybe Mike Riley one day is going to explain to me when it's a push here or here or here," he said.

"Still I don't understand."

City remain fifth, nine points adrift of leaders Chelsea, and while Spurs held onto second place, they will be leapfrogged by Arsenal if their neighbours beat Burnley on Sunday.


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