Guardiola hails Jesus for record-breaking Man City

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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