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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Closing Bell RIM China growth data boost TSX

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed higher Friday on further indications that China continues to recover from a recent economic slump and an analyst upgrade for BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,725.69 +50.96 +0.40%S&P 500 — 1,485.98 +5.04 +0.34%Dow — 13,649.70 +53.68 +0.39%Nasdaq — 3,134.71 -1.29 -0.04%The S&P/TSX composite index gained 50.96 points to 12,725.69, its best level in about 11 months, while the TSX Venture Exchange was 2.17 points higher to 1,235.32.The Canadian dollar was down 0.62 of a cent to 100.83 cents US even as Statistics Canada said manufacturing sales increased 1.7% in November to $49.9 billion, the highest level since May 2012. It was also higher than the 1.1% gain that economists expected.Traders looked to the Bank of Canada’s next interest rate announcement on Wednesday. The loonie also fell alongside other cyclical currencies such as the Australian dollar and the Norwegian kroner.U.S. indexes were lacklustre amid solid earnings reports from General Electric and investment bank Morgan Stanley along with a disappointing read on consumer sentiment.The Dow Jones industrials gained 53.68 points to close at a five-year high of 13,649.7 as the University of Michigan’s consumer survey index slipped to 71.3 in January from 72.9 in December.“Although the fiscal cliff was scaled back, consumers appear wary as to the impact of higher taxes on their disposable incomes,” said CIBC World Markets economist Andrew Grantham.“(And) although the decline in sentiment during December had no discernable impact on spending, given the strong retail sales figures, lower confidence could begin to impact spending as 2013 continues,” Grantham added.A disappointing earnings report from chip giant Intel helped push the Nasdaq down 1.3 points to 3,134.71, while the S&P 500 index also ended the session at a five-year high, up 5.04 points to 1,485.98.Research In Motion Ltd. (TSX:RIM) shares were up 7.02% to $15.71 after Jefferies & Co. upgraded the stock to buy from hold and raised its price target to US$19.50 from $13. The move came on expectations RIM will open its corporate BlackBerry email services to iPhone and Android devices.Even before the upgrade, RIM stock had already surged more than 25% over the past week on rising optimism ahead of the unveiling of its new BB10 product on Jan. 30.Traders were relieved at data showing that growth in China rose to 7.9% in the three months ended in December, up from the previous quarter’s 7.4%.For the year, the world’s second-largest economy grew by 7.8%, which was China’s weakest annual performance since the 1990s.The slowdown was due largely to government controls imposed to cool a real estate boom and surging inflation fuelled by Beijing’s massive stimulus in response to the 2008 crisis. But it worsened as demand for Chinese exports dropped unexpectedly, raising the risk of job losses and unrest.However, analysts say China could suffer a setback if exports weaken or the government fails to maintain investment spending that is propping up a recovery.The Chinese data helped push the TSX up 124 points or 0.98% this past week while the Dow industrials rose 161.27 points or 1.19%.All sectors closed higher on the TSX save for a drop in the consumer staples component.Telecoms advanced Friday with Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) ahead 79 cents to $46.23.The financials sector was also ahead, up 0.59% as CIBC (TSX:CM) climbed 69 cents to $83 while Manulife Financial (TSX:MFC) ran up 18 cents to $14.30.Copper prices moved higher in the wake of the Chinese data. China is the world’s biggest consumer of the metal, which is viewed as an economic barometer as it is used in so many applications.The March contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed up two cents at US$3.68 a pound and the base metals component on the TSX advanced 0.46%. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) gained 21 cents to C$21.25 and Turquoise Hill Resources (TSX:TRQ) was 27 cents higher at $8.71.The gold sector rose about 0.4% with February bullion down $3.80 to US$1,687 an ounce. Kinross Gold (TSX:K) added eight cents to C$9.45 while Iamgold (TSX:IMG) improved by 15 cents to $10.88.Oil prices were little changed after jumping about $2 over the past two sessions after inventory data showed a sharp decrease in stocks last week. Prices also found support this week after Islamic militants seized an Algerian natural gas facility.The energy sector was ahead 0.45% while the February crude contract on the Nymex added seven cents to US$95.56 a barrel. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) climbed 62 cents to C$29.95 and Imperial Oil (TSX:IMO) ran up 19 cents to $43.61.On the earnings front, General Electric Co. reported net income of US$4 billion on revenue of $39.3 billion for the quarter. The company’s operating profit per share was 44 cents, a penny higher than analysts expected. GE’s revenue also beat analysts’ expectations of $38.8 billion and its shares jumped 3.47% to $22.04.Shares in investment bank Morgan Stanley jumped 7.86% to $22.38 as it said it earned US$867 million or 28 cents a share in the last quarter after stripping out an accounting charge. That beat expectations by a penny. Morgan Stanley revenue jumped 37% to $7.5 billion, beating expectations of $7.2 billion.After the close Thursday, chip giant Intel Corp. posted quarterly net income of $2.47 billion, or 48 cents per share, beating expectations by three cents. Revenue fell 3% to $13.5 billion, matching analyst expectations. On a call with analysts, Intel chief financial officer Stacy Smith admitted that tablets are affecting sales of PC chips, which fell 3% in the quarter. Intel shares lost 6.3% to $21.25. read more

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