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Pep Guardiola admits Gabriel Jesus dilemma ahead of trip to Everton

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has confessed that he is struggling to keep Gabriel Jesus happy at the club.

The Brazilian centre-forward has this week revealed that he is growing increasingly “impatient” with a lack of game time.

Jesus, now 22, signed for the Manchester club in 2017 but still finds himself as second-choice to Sergio Aguero – City’s all-time leading goalscorer.

Despite Jesus starting two of Man City’s last three matches, and scoring in both, Aguero is set to lead the attack away at Everton on Saturday evening.

And Guardiola has admitted that he is finding it difficult to keep Jesus happy.

“He’s special,” said Guardolia. “Of course he wants to play. He’s the No.9 for Brazil. I understand completely.

“All the players want to play all the games. It’s normal. No player will be happy if they don’t play regularly.

“He’s happy when he plays, not happy when he doesn’t.

“They have different qualities. Sergio is one of the most outstanding players I’ve seen in the small spaces.

“But I try to let them both play as much as possible. There are little details that make the difference.

“In some games, Gabriel gives me something Sergio can’t – and also the other way around.

“But both guys are incredible. Sergio is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met, a top player, a legend, incredibly humble and a funny guy.

“They’re upset if they don’t play, of course. How can they be happy? It’s impossible. All I can say is that I’m sorry.

“The same happened in the midfield, with Ilkay Gundogan, David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne or Phil Foden. I have to choose. We have many games and everyone is necessary.”

City go into the match on the back of three straight wins, scoring 14 goals and conceding none.

Their opponents have struggled of late in the Premier League, winning just one of their previous four matches, and two of those losses coming against newly-promoted sides.

Despite a lack of form for the Toffees, Guardiola still expects a tough match against Marco Silva’s team.  

“They are an incredible team with a top manager,” said Guardiola. “Goodison Park is one of the toughest games you can play and we know it. We’ve prepared for that and the players know how difficult it is.”

Expected line-ups

Manchester City (4-3-3): Ederson; Cancelo, Fernandinho, Otamendi, Zinchenko; De Bruyne, Rodri, D Silva; B Silva, Aguero, Sterling.

Everton (4-2-3-1): Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne; Delph, Schneiderlin; Richarlison, Sigurdsson, Iwobi; Calvert-Lewin.

History in the making? Vicarage Road could see Hornets go top

Watford face fellow unbeaten side Manchester City, who could bring the first real challenge for Marco Silva’s side.

Portuguese born Silva could lead Watford to top of the table, for the 2nd time in Watford’s existence but insists the fixture is ‘just another game’.

Last time Watford hit the top of English football was September of 1982 when Survivor were No.1 with Eye of the Tiger and Luther Blissett ended the campaign top scorer with 27 goals.

Manchester City have started the campaign strong with three wins and one draw, scoring 10 and conceding just 2 goals.

They come off the back of a 4-0 win against Feyenoord in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

City are still without skipper Vincent Kompany due to a calf injury sustained on international duty with Belgium.

Yaya Touré has been rumoured with fitness issues, while Raheem Sterling is available after his one match suspension.

The Hornets are without Miguel Britos’ due to suspension, Kiko Femenia and Younes Kaboul both picked up knocks against Southampton at the weekend, Craig Cathcart out with a knee injury along with Roberto Pereyra (groin), Sebastian Prodl (hamstring) and Dja Djedje with a knock.

The last two games have seen City score 7 compared to Watford’s 2 however, Watford only sit two points behind the Blues but the likes of Jesus and Agüero will prove difficult for Kabasele and Mariappa.

Last season Manchester City triumphed both meetings with Hornets, winning 2-0 in December and 5-0 in May.

After replacing Mike Phelan in January of this year, Silva’s Hull were fairly consistent beating Bournemouth 3-1 and drawing 0-0 with Manchester United.

However Silva departed and has had a strong start with Watford with 8 points claimed and no losses so far.

Guardiola has also had a solid start with Manchester City, level at the top with Manchester United on 10 points and still unbeaten, looking for another 3 points to take them above their Manchester rivals who play on Sunday at 4pm.