Jesus relishes battle with Man City “legend” Aguero

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Huddersfield Town at Etihad Stadium on August 19, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus respects Manchester City team-mate Sergio Aguero, but is thrilled to see his hard work beginning to pay off at the club

The 21-year-old has only found the net three times in 16 Premier League appearances this season with just six of those being starts.

Manager Pep Guardiola often prefers to use Aguero ahead of Jesus in the pecking order at City with the Argentine being City’s record scorer at 213 goals.

Following Jesus’ four goals in their 9-0 win over Burton in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg, however, Guardiola challenged the Brazilian to push Aguero for his place in the team.

“Sergio is a legend here, important to the club, and plays very well – we all know that,” said Jesus, according to SportsMax.

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“I’m here to help the team, to help Sergio, Pep and everyone and work hard, make it happen.

“I just wanted to enjoy the game and score. Sergio has scored a lot of goals for City and I respect him as a legend, so when Pep puts him in the team, he helps. I am the same when I am on the pitch.

“It was very important for my mentality. I need to score goals, I know that. Sometimes it’s difficult but I always try to score and help the team. I am a striker so I have to score, but I always try to play well and help the team every time.

“This week is special to me because I have scored a lot. I maybe I tried too hard against Rotherham and missed two or three goals. I work hard every day on scoring goals, and that is why this made me so happy, as my work paid off.”

City will next take on Wolves at the Etihad Stadium in a Premier League match on Monday.