Gabriel Jesus first got to the Etihad Stadium with high expectations, as he took the world by assault with his incredible goal-scoring abilities and skills despite his youth.
However, injuries and inconsistency caused him to take a step back to Sergio Aguero in Manchester City’s starting XI, with his struggles to score piling up quickly.
Hence, he admitted being quite relieved after scoring a hat-trick vs. Dinamo Zagreb, taking his tally to 5 goals in the past couple of games after going through a very rough drought lately:
“Honestly, last month I was no good and I wasn’t happy. I played eight or nine games and I didn’t score and I missed chances so I’m not happy with that. When this happens of course I cannot be happy. Sometimes football is like that. You have to keep working hard and try to score, try to help the team and work and that’s what I have done.
I always think: ‘Wow I have to score’ because I’m playing for a big club in big competitions with big players. I think it happens with other players. I cannot talk about other players I can only talk about me when I’m not happy with me I want to shoot myself in the head because it’s difficult for me. I take it (personally) of course.
I think: ‘Oh my god I have to score, I have to score, I have to score’. When I have the chance sometimes I miss because I think too much and put too much pressure on myself. I try. I’m getting better. I’m working to score and don’t think about the pressure,” Jesus told the media after the game, as quoted by The Guardian.
Moreover, his hat-trick helped him pass the 100 goals milestone at Manchester City, an impressive feature considering he’s had to live behind Sergio Aguero’s shadow:
“I’m a blessed guy. I try all the time to do my best and sometimes I cannot do it and that’s the way. It’s important for me to score goals and keep scoring goals because I have to. I’m at a big club and play with big players.
I’m in a single competition with Sergio – a friendly competition. I hope that when he plays he scores. I always want him to help the team and his team-mates. When I play he does the same, which is amazing. I have to learn from him because he’s scored a lot for the club and throughout his career. And I’m happy with 101 goals in my career,” he concluded.