Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus was left frustrated by Pep Guardiola’s decision to not select him to take their late penalty against Liverpool on Sunday
The Brazil international was overlooked by Guardiola in favour of Riyad Mahrez to take City’s 86th-minute penalty at Anfield.
But Mahrez spectacularly missed the spot-kick by hitting the ball over the crossbar, which cost City a key win over title rivals Liverpool.
Jesus, who came on for City’s first-choice penalty taker Sergio Agüero, assumed that he would be the one to take the penalty.
“Obviously I’m not happy,” the 21-year-old said on The Guardian.
“Like Riyad, I’ve been practising [the penalties]. I would like to have taken it, I was confident, so I was not happy that they did not allow me. However, it was important that we didn’t lose.”
Jesus did reveal, however, that Guardiola had explained his decision to him after the match.
“Pep spoke with me. This is part of football, sometimes these things happen. I will support Riyad if the manager chooses him again.”
Despite the dropped points, City remain top of the Premer League and will next play host to Burnley at the Etihad Stadium on October 20.