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Jonathan SmithManchester City correspondent
Gabriel Jesus has said he is disappointed by his lack of game time in Manchester City, but in a”good way.”
The Brazil international is battling Sergio Aguero to get a place at the Premier League champions’ lineup and, with his teammate with an outstanding season which has seen him tipped as a potential Player of the Year winner, Gabriel has started fewer than half of City’s matches.
The 22-year old came from the bench to score a late goal in the 3-1 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday and stated he’s driven to drive his way into Pep Guardiola’s strategies to a more regular basis.
“that I wish to play — I always need to playwith,” he informed ESPN Brasil. “Obviously it frustrates me but in a good way — it makes me want to train and work hard.
“When I perform, I want to help the team as best I could. I have made it clear that I always wish to be with the group. If I am coming on late or at the next half, I shall be pleased to come back on and assist\. [Against Palace] I stumbled on, I helped a little and I’m very happy about it.”
The victory keeps City’s hopes of retaining the Premier League title in their own hands but they faced a nervy 10 minutes when Palace pulled back the game to 2-1 before Gabriel’s late attack — his first 19F of the season.
“I’m happy to have on and allow my team with a goal,” he added. “Regrettably, their purpose came from losing the ball in the center of the pitch. I am delighted with also the team’s performance and the victory.
“The players had been good on the pitch, stopping their counterattacks — they still have good players, who are extremely fast. We could control the ball and make chances.”
Regardless of the win — City’s ninth consecutive victory in the league — they stay two points behind leaders Liverpool having a game in hand.
Captain Vincent Kompany is made to win a fourth winners’ trophy and said he is drawing on the experiences of his initial two name successes, which have been equally claimed on the last day of the season.
“I do not actually compare this season to last as there is little to compare it with besides our performance amounts being close enough equal to those of last season,” he told reporters. “You will find more comparisons concerning the pressure at this time of the season with the two titles we won before that.
“needing to triumph, having to do, us getting a chance whatsoever, then Liverpool getting a chance at it — that back and forth, forth and back. That is what I am drawing on my experience .
“It’s a time of the season at which it is still possible to remain very calm and prepare well, and trust yourself to do the job.”