Guardiola hails Jesus for record-breaking Man City

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Pep Guardiola on Thursday hailed the growing influence of Gabriel Jesus on and off the pitch as fight for trophies on four fronts.

Jesus, 23, has not been an automatic starter in the Premier League this season, even in the absence of Sergio Aguero through injury and illness.

But the Brazil striker scored fourth goal in as many starts on Wednesday take his season’s tally to eight as Guardiola’s side reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup a 3-1 win at Swansea.

Guardiola, had dropped Jesus to the bench for Sunday’s 4-1 Premier League win at Liverpool, said: “ does a lot for confidence. He could have scored more but he played really, really well.

“He was incredible at Anfield in the locker room when he didn’t play. He was incredibly supportive to mates.

“When a guy is like this he is so supportive to the other ones.

“When he plays, he always plays good. ’s important for strikers to score. He was brilliant, really brilliant.”

City’s 15th consecutive in all competitions set a new record by an English top-flight club, eclipsing the previous mark held by Preston and Arsenal.

The League Cup finalists return to Premier League action at home to Tottenham on Saturday and then visit Everton and Arsenal before their Champions League campaign resumes against Borussia Moenchengladbach.