Guardiola lauds Gabriel Jesus' pressing as "best in the world"

By Ric Turner, Wed 09 February 2022 13:00

Guardiola lauds Gabriel Jesus' pressing as "best in the world"Boss effusive in praise for Brazilian striker who misses tonight's game against Brentford

Pep Guardiola has lauded Gabriel Jesus as the "best in the world" in terms of providing intensity and pressing from the front.

The Brazilian striker missed City's last game against Fulham and will also sit out tonight's clash with Brentford, but manager Guardiola was effusive in his praise of the 24-year-old forward.

“He’s a centre forward, he can play there, but when he is played wide he is more comfortable,” he said. “We encourage him in central positions to be more open, to see the actions.”

“He can play in the three positions up front, and when we need players who can help a lot, he’s the best in the world.

“(With him) we can be so aggressive, we can get extra rhythm for midfield players, can stay high.”

“He’s a young player who was decisive in these years, he helped us a lot in these years,” he said. “Now he’s going to be a father so that will be perfect.”