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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Iran must seize UK oil tanker ExRevolutionary Guard chief

first_imgTehran: A former leader of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard said on Friday that the Islamic Republic should consider seizing a British oil tanker in response to authorities detaining an Iranian oil tanker off the coast Gibraltar. The comments by Mohsen Rezaei came amid heightened tensions over Iran’s unravelling 2015 nuclear deal, which the US withdrew from last year. In recent days, Iran has broken through the limit the deal put on its stockpile of low-enriched uranium and plans on Sunday to boost its enrichment. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’In the past months, the US has rushed thousands of additional troops, an aircraft carrier, B-52 bombers and advanced fighter jets to the region. Rezaei made his comments in a tweet Friday. “If England does not release the Iranian oil tanker, the duty … (of Iran) is to respond and seize one English oil tanker,” he said. Rezaei led the Guard during Iran’s 1980s “Tanker War” in the Persian Gulf targeting the oil trade of the U.S. and its Arab allies. It was a striking comment from Rezaei, one that current officials have yet to make. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingIran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman earlier called on the UK to release the tanker. Authorities in Gibraltar intercepted the super tanker on Thursday, saying they believed it to be breaching European Union sanctions by carrying a shipment of Iranian crude oil to Syria. Spanish authorities said the seizure came at the request of the U.S. A spokesman for the government of Gibraltar, who wasn’t authorised to be identified by name in media reports, said that all 28 crew members remain on the vessel while being interviewed as witnesses and not questioned under criminal procedures. The crew is made of mainly Indian, Pakistani and Ukrainian nationals, he said. A local newspaper, the Gibraltar Chronicle, reported Friday that the supertanker can only be detained for 72 hours unless the Supreme Court of the British overseas territory extends the deadline while the probe is conducted. US national security adviser John Bolton tweeted that the ship’s seizure was “excellent news.” “America & our allies will continue to prevent regimes in Tehran & Damascus from profiting off this illicit trade,” Bolton added. The vessel likely carried just over 2 million barrels of Iranian crude oil, the data firm Refinitv said. Tracking data showed that the tanker made a slow trip around the southern tip of Africa before reaching the Mediterranean, it said. Meanwhile, fears over a miscalculation sparking a wider conflict in the Persian Gulf have grown. Oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz have been targeted in mysterious attacks, which the US says Iran is behind, an accusation denied by Tehran. Last month Iran shot down a US surveillance drone. Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Movahedi Kermani, an adviser to Iran’s supreme leader and Tehran’s Friday prayer leader, brought up the drone shootdown during prayers. He said the reason that the US did not attack Iran after was because Trump fears Iran’s ballistic missile stockpile. “When Iranian missiles are able to hit a stealth drone thousands of feet in the air, how easy would it be to hit an aircraft carrier in the sea?” he asked.last_img read more

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