Pep tells Jesus to ‘fight’ Aguero for Man City spot

first_imgPep Guardiola has challenged Gabriel Jesus to respond to the task of dislodging Sergio Aguero as Manchester City’s first-choice striker.It was a mission Jesus revelled in immediately after his arrival in Manchester in January 2017, with City’s all-time top scorer Aguero forced to bide his time on the bench in a number of high profile clashes – most notably a 2-1 derby win at Manchester United in December of that year.But Aguero has knuckled down to adapt his game to Guardiola’s specific demands when it comes to centre-forward play and is thriving under the Catalan, as evidenced by his stunning opening goal in last week’s 2-1 win over Premier League leaders Liverpool. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? By contrast, Jesus has struggled to hit top form after suffering a medial knee ligament injury midway through last season and started each game for Brazil at the 2018 World Cup without finding the target.The 21-year-old scored his eighth of 2018-19 in all competitions during Sunday’s 7-0 rout of Rotherham United in the FA Cup but also missed several presentable chances.Into the next round great job from the team  #alômãe#gratidão#city pic.twitter.com/89GUVMLRia— Gabriel Jesus (@gabrieljesus33) January 6, 2019Jesus could get another chance in Wednesday’s EFL Cup semi-final first leg against League One Burton Albion at the Etihad Stadium, with Guardiola reminding the former Palmeiras star his lot is that of many forwards at Europe’s elite clubs.”He competes with Sergio. In the big clubs, all the players compete with big [team] mates so it’s simple,” the ex-Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss told a news conference.”Always I take decisions [that are] the best for the team in the right moment. In part of our period together he played important games before Sergio because in that moment he was better than Sergio.”People were saying my relationship with Sergio was very bad, it was not correct, but I tried to be honest.”When I saw Gabriel in that moment he was playing more minutes and more important games than Sergio because in that moment I believed.”But I believe Sergio is an important player when fit and [Jesus] has to fight to win his position.”Aguero, 30, has 10 goals in 17 Premier League appearances this season and 14 in 22 across all competitions. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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School pupils to See Inside MINI production at Swindon

Secondary schools across Swindon are being invited to bring pupils along to see inside MINI Plant Swindon.Over a hundred of teenagers will have the chance to take a tour of the plant and meet apprentices.Plant Swindon is taking part once again in the ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ initiative aimed at showcasing career opportunities within the UK automotive sector.Dr Jürgen Hedrich, managing director of MINI Plant Oxford and Swindon, said: “These schools visits are part of our on-going co-operation with the local community. We always find that pupils are inspired and excited by a look at the production facilities and how MINIs are made.“We hope to welcome more than 180 young people through the Swindon plant during See Inside Manufacturing and that many of our visitors will be encouraged to apply for an apprenticeship here.”Youngsters will be shown the plant’s press shop and sub-assembly facilities as well as the plant’s Tool Room. Some of the plant’s current apprentices will also be on hand to talk about their experiences and why they chose to join the company’s scheme.The training leads to an NVQ level three qualification and some apprentices will have the opportunity to progress right through to degree level.There are currently 100 apprentices across the company’s production plants at Oxford, Swindon, Hams Hall, and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited in Goodwood. See Inside manufacturing events at MINI Plant Swindon will run between 10 and 21 October. Sessions will last around two and half hours and are open to school and sixth-form college pupils aged 14 or above. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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