Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola has said the team can rely on Brazilian striker, Gabriel Jesus, to score goals in Sergio Aguero’s absence.
A thigh injury means Aguero, the Premier League’s leading marksman, who has scored 19 goals this season, will sit out the Cityzens’ clash with Cardiff on Wednesday, FA Cup semi-final tie with Brighton on Saturday and the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final away to Tottenham next Tuesday.
“Tomorrow (Wednesday) Sergio is not able to play,” said Guardiola. “He didn’t train the last two days.
“Hopefully he can on Saturday or next Tuesday. We will see his evolution in the next few days.”
“Gabriel is ready,” said Guardiola. “He is having a good season and it is not always easy to play in this club as a striker in the same position as Sergio.
“He is fighting against one legend and an incredible top player in his best season since we have been at the club.
“When Gabriel played, he played well. Tomorrow he is going to help us and fight and score goals and create space for others.”
Guardiola also lamented the costly error by Tottenham against Liverpool which caused his side to lose their top spot to the Reds.
“When you see that, you say ‘Ah shit’,” he said.
“But after five or ten minutes, you think it’s a nice but terrible challenge.
“Nobody said it would be easy. Nobody. We knew it and I knew it.
“Everybody is excited for what we are going to live in the next weeks.
“Let’s beat Cardiff for the main target to go back top of the league with six games left.
“After that, we live again, Wembley, to achieve the one final (FA Cup) I never experienced in my life in the oldest trophy, and after that the Champions League.”