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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Thoroughly enjoyed directing Kangana Judgementall Hai Kya director

first_imgMumbai: Filmmaker Prakash Kovelamudi says he enjoyed working with Kangana Ranaut in “Judgementall Hai Kya” and thanked the leading lady and male protagonist Rajkummar Rao for their support. Prakash, a prominent name in Telugu film industry, is making his Bollywood debut with “Judgementall Hai Kya”, produced by Ekta Kapoor and Shailesh R Singh. In the past, Kangana has been accused of “hijacking” a film, most recent being “Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi”. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography Asked about the experience of working on the thriller, the director said he likes to have creative discussions with his cast and crew as filmmaking is a collaborative process. “I would like to thank the team who helped me make this wonderful film. The entry into Bollywood is fantastic. With the kind of support I have got from my producer, writer, technical team and most importantly, my cast Kangana and Rajkummar has been fantastic. “I thoroughly enjoyed directing Kangana. I come from theatre (background) and I like when my actors ask me questions. I like us to have creative discussions. I like us to arrive on something that we can creatively collaborate on. I believe filmmaking is a collaborative process,” Prakash told reporters here at the trailer launch of the film on Tuesday here. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot Calling Kangana a “thinking actor”, the director said the movie has turned out be “better” with teamwork. “I thoroughly enjoyed working (with her). Taking her inputs and giving mine, we have made this a better film together. And those inputs have come from everybody in the team. She is wonderful. She is a thinking actor,” he said. Also featuring Jimmy Shergill, Amyra Dastur and Satish Kaushik, the film is slated to be released on July 26.last_img read more

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