MX23RW : Friday, September 17 10:47:46| >> :60:817:817:

Pep Guardiola: 'Gabriel Jesus has proved he can do it on the biggest stage'

Pep Guardiola: 'Gabriel Jesus has proved he can do it on the biggest stage'
© Reuters
City will go on to face Lyon in Lisbon.

Pep Guardiola hailed Gabriel Jesus for delivering on the biggest stage as Manchester City stunned Real Madrid to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.

Jesus forced and then took advantage of two mistakes from Raphael Varane to set up Raheem Sterling and then score himself in a 2-1 victory over the Spanish champions at the Etihad Stadium.

The result secured a 4-2 aggregate win in the last-16 tie and booked City's place in the last-eight mini-tournament in Lisbon, where they will play Lyon on Saturday week.

Jesus has had to shoulder the burden of leading the City attack in the absence of the prolific Sergio Aguero and Guardiola felt the Brazilian's performance marked a big step up in his career.

City manager Guardiola said: "Gabriel was the man (of the match) for these two games. He scored in Madrid and provoked the penalty, here he made the assist and scored the goal. He was so decisive for us.

"He always helps us for more than goals, but of course for a striker it's important to score. Big players have to show on big stages, in big games, and against the king of this competition he showed it twice.

"I think he made an incredible step forward to say, 'Here I am and I can win games by myself.'"

Pep Guardiola oversaw an outstanding victory (Peter Powell/PA)
Pep Guardiola oversaw an outstanding victory

City showed no desire to sit back on the 2-1 lead they claimed from a memorable victory at the Bernabeu in February.

Varane was caught dwelling in possession too long by Jesus, who quickly squared for Sterling to tap home his 100th City goal after nine minutes.

Real responded well and pulled level with a brilliant header from Karim Benzema after 28 minutes but it was to be City's night.

There was no crowd to will them on but Guardiola's side showed a ferocious intensity throughout.

Their reward came when Varane failed to clear a long ball under pressure from Jesus in the 68th minute and then attempted to head back to Thibaut Courtois. It proved a weak effort and Jesus made no mistake as he nipped in and dinked over the keeper.

Guardiola said: "We are more than satisfied, of course, especially for the players to go to Portugal and try to make the next step. We know exactly which team we beat, so we're incredibly satisfied.

"We showed ourselves what we wanted to do, we showed the opponent what we wanted to do. We didn't go to defend at 1-1, we went to score a goal.

"We created enough chances to score more goals. Courtois made incredible saves but it is more than deserved to be in the next stage."

ID:409530: cacheID:409530:1false2false3false:QQ:: from db desktop :LenBod:restore:6623:
Restore Data
Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Lyon's Houssem Aouar pictured in February 2020
Read Next:
Arsenal, Man City, Juventus keen on Houssem Aouar?
>

rhs 2.0
Todays Game Header Right
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester UnitedMan Utd4310113810
2Chelsea431091810
3Liverpool431091810
4Everton4310104610
5Manchester CityMan City4301111109
6Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton43015329
7Tottenham HotspurSpurs43013309
8West Ham UnitedWest Ham422010558
9Leicester CityLeicester420246-26
10Brentford41213215
11Crystal Palace41215505
12Aston Villa411257-24
13Wolverhampton WanderersWolves410323-13
14Southampton403146-23
15Watford410337-43
16Arsenal410319-83
17Leeds UnitedLeeds4022411-72
18Burnley401338-51
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle4013512-71
20Norwich CityNorwich4004111-100

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!