Fernandinho believes Gabriel Jesu’s pace and passion can give Manchester City’s attack that crucial head start that they haven’t had this season.
Jesus came off the bench in the second half of City’s 0-0 draw in Porto on Tuesday, a result that secured first place in Champions League Group C..
For Pep Guardiola’s team it was a frustrating excursion in front of goal, which became known during a stuttering start that left them in a compressed Premier League table on 11. Place, and City’s 18 attempts were their biggest without scoring points at a champions league game.
Jesus seemed to have put his frustration over with 10 minutes left and knocked Porto inspired goalkeeper Agustin Marchesin on his second try before a VAR review revealed Joao Cancelo was offside before delivering the cross to set it up.
The Brazilian striker has scored three goals from seven appearances in an injury-related season and fellow countryman Fernandinho believes Jesus is adding another dimension to a city striker line still without Sergio Aguero after his last knee blow.
« A striker should always be vigilant and show his quality, » the veteran midfielder told BT Sport.
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« Unfortunately it was sidelined, but I’m happy for him. He changed the game with his passion and his pace
« It was a good point for us and we’re excited to be at the top of the group. «
Fernandinho made his first start since his injury when he first met Porto in Manchester six weeks ago.
He was in the middle of an often combative affair – he played 10 duels, made three interceptions and committed five fouls while winning a pair of free kicks.
« It’s important to get a point away from home. Especially against a tough team like them, « said the 35-year-old.
« I think we tried to win the game from the start. We have been trying to play our game from the first minute. «
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