Jesus unhappy with Pep Guardiola
Gabriel Jesus has admitted he is not happy with Pep Guardiola for preventing him from taking Manchester City’s late penalty in their 0-0 draw at Anfield.
City were awarded the spot-kick after Virgil van Dijk brought down Leroy Sane, providing the current Premier League champions with an opportunity to secure their first win at Anfield since 2003.
Jesus made it clear he wanted the penalty, but Guardiola passed on a message – via Benjamin Mendy – that he wanted Riyad Mahrez to take it.
City’s regular penalty taker Sergio Aguero was on the bench, having already been substituted, and Guardiola said after the match that he had been impressed with Mahrez’s penalties in training.
Mahrez, the £60m summer signing who had missed four of his previous seven efforts from 12-yards, skied the penalty, and the game finished goalless.
Guardiola said after the game that he would apologise to Jesus, but the striker told reporters: “Obviously I’m not happy. As Riyad, I’ve been practising [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.
“Pep spoke with me. This is part of football, sometimes these things happen. I will support Riyad if the manager chooses him again.”
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