Gabriel Jesus vs Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace vs Man City
Man City attempted to extend their winning Premier League run to 19 matches at Crystal Palace on Sunday.
It now seems a formality that Man City will win the title this season.
Indeed the bigger questions heading into 2018 are (a) can Man City go the whole season unbeaten and (b) how many trophies will they win.
Nightmare for Gabriel Jesus
But Man City’s good spirits took a knock in the first half in south London.
Pep Guardiola picked Gabriel Jesus to start over Sergio Aguero.
Jesus headed into the game on the back of Brazilian portal UOL Esporte claiming Jesus is experiencing his “worst moment since he landed in Europe”.
Jesus last scored for Man City over a month ago on November 18 against Leicester.
He’s gone nine matches without finding the target. That’s one of the longest scoring droughts of Jesus’s young career.
In his final season at Palmeiras in 2016 he went eight games without scoring, while at the start of his career Jesus needed 11 games before finding the target.
And Jesus is now set to miss more matches after he picked up a terrible injury against Palace.
The Brazilian needed medical attention after a tackle from Andros Townsend.
Jesus initially looked like he shook off his knee problem, but in the 23rd minute he was subbed out the game for Sergio Aguero.
Gabriel Jesus was in tears as he left the field.
Why did Man City allow Jesus to stay on the field for so long? The hope is that Jesus didn’t do more damage to himself after he played on after the initial contact.
Man City start 2018 with three home matches. They take on Watford, Burnley (FA Cup) and Bristol City (League Cup).
After that they head to Anfield to face Liverpool.