English Premiership

Jesus: I study Aguero to become a better striker

2020-01-13 17:48
Gabriel Jesus
Gabriel Jesus (PA Images)

Cape Town - Manchester City's up-and-coming striker Gabriel Jesus says he studies veteran forward Sergio Aguero to help him improve his own game.

Aguero made history in Manchester City's 6-1 victory against Aston Villa on Sunday, scoring a hat-trick to establish himself as the most prolific overseas goalscorer since the formation of the Premier League in 1992.

The 31-year-old surpassed Thierry Henry's figures, taking his tally to 177 goals in 255 matches and achieving the feat in three fewer games than the former Arsenal forward.

Aguero also set a new record for the number of Premier League hat-tricks, scoring his 12th to overtake Alan Shearer.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, his City team-mate Jesus is still learning his trade. The 22-year-old was also on the scoresheet at Villa Park, netting his 14 goal of the season, and he hailed the man he would one day like to emulate.

"He is a Premier League legend, he is a legend. It is difficult to score goals so congratulations to Sergio," said Jesus.

"I learn from him. I have to learn because he is more of a striker and a finisher. We work together every day and I learn from him and watch him and think that's what I have to do.

"If I have the opportunity, I want to score goals. If I have the opportunity to break records then of course I would like to."

Jesus believes it is Aguero's predatory instincts in front of goal that makes the Argentinian so impressive.

He said: "It is so difficult to score goals but his figures are so good. Sometimes a striker doesn't have time to think and the opportunity comes and he has to finish. Sergio is so good at that."

The win at Villa leaves City 14 points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool and with the defence of their title all-but over. However, Jesus insists there remains plenty left to play for this season.

"The Premier League is difficult because Liverpool have played so well and not lost the points, but we have to play for the end of the season," said the Brazilian.

"We have to play to win and we have two cups and the Champions League as well."

 

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