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Pep Guardiola says Swansea can't be taken lightly

Marcos Alonso rose above Hector Bellerin to head Chelsea in front against Arsenal Marcos Alonso rose above Hector Bellerin to head Chelsea in front against Arsenal
Kristopher Love | 05 February, 2017, 01:16

In a short space of time, Guardiola has seen how Gabriel Jesus can enrich City's high-pressing game, with his clever touches and good instinct in the penalty area.

Manchester City earned a 3-1 victory at the Liberty Stadium earlier in the season with a double from Sergio Aguero and a Raheem Sterling strike earning City all three points.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola feels he might have unearthed a gem of a player in Gabriel Jesus after the young striker's virtuoso display in Wednesday's 4-0 Premier League win at West Ham United.

The Spanish side have been long-time admirers of the striker, and they apparently feel it is the ideal time to swoop in for him as his place in the Premier League club's starting line-up appears to be up for grabs.

That would leave Jesus as City's first-choice striker.

"He loves to play - he's like an amateur".

It is, therefore, no surprise that bet365 offer just 2/5 (1.40) that more than two goals are scored when these teams lock horns, but value lies in the supremely generous even money (2.0) quote for four or more goals to be scored.

However, there have been signs that Aguero's powers are beginning to wane, particularly in Europe.

Nevertheless their loss will be West Ham's gain potentially, although time will tell as to whether or not a deal can be agreed at the end of the season.

Alonso only had eyes for the ball as he was first to the rebound after Diego Costa's effort
Alonso only had eyes for the ball as he was first to the rebound after Diego Costa's effort

The 19-year-old Jesus took the occasion in his stride, however, and set up De Bruyne for City's opener as well as finding the target himself.

Chelsea are also nine points clear of second-placed Tottenham and Guardiola said the Blues will have to choke badly to surrender their grip on the title.

There's also been plenty of skill and enterprise.

"In the big clubs, you see at Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus - at Madrid (Alvaro) Morata doesn't play".

Aguero's most significant moment in a City shirt came four years before Guardiola's arrival.

Jesus isn't intimidated by the big stage.

Guardiola believes Clement has made a huge impact and says his own team will have to be at their best to break their visitors down. Considering how those two clubs have been playing, it now looks like Swansea could have enough to survive the drop, despite looking doomed just a few weeks ago.

The former England striker put the home team ahead after seven minutes, side-footing Marko Arnautovic's cross beyond Joel Robles, two days after his 36th birthday, making him the oldest player to reach the landmark.