Manchester City Pep Guardiola has described Gabriel Jesus has been described as one of the best signings made by the club.
Brazil forward Jesus netted the only goal in City’s 1-0 win at Premier League title rivals Chelsea, in a tense encounter at Stamford Bridge.
Thomas Tuchel sent the Blues out to stifle Guardiola’s side, deploying an extra man in midfield.
However, the 3-5-2 formation backfired as Chelsea struggled for creativity and the visitors deservedly swept to victory – for Guardiola to set a club-record 221st win as City manager.
Guardiola hailed Jesus for handling some rough treatment from Chelsea’s defence before responding in the ideal way, with the winning goal.
“Gabriel is one person or player who deserves the very best,” said Guardiola.
“He’s a guy who runs and works for everyone, and every time he scores I’m happiest man. He can play up front in all three positions and he does them all very well.
“We know from the past how aggressive Chelsea are in the duels. But you have to handle that, at this level.
“And Gabriel, he went down, but he got up – and got up to try again.
“And that’s why he’s one of the best signings we have made in this period together at City.”
He went down, but he got up – and got up to try again. And that’s why he’s one of the best signings we have made in this period together at City
City struck the first telling blow in a title race that harbours great promise, with Guardiola’s men, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool all looking strong.
Guardiola’s defending champions dismantled Chelsea in west London, avenging their 1-0 Champions League defeat to the Blues in May.
That night in Porto Guardiola opted not to field a defensive midfielder, and paid the price.
In the two sides’ very next meeting, Rodri filled that role with some aplomb, leaving Guardiola impressed.