Monday 23rd July, 2018
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Gabriel Jesus is hoping the competition between him and Sergio Aguero can inspire Manchester City to greatness this season.

Gabriel made an immediate splash upon arriving from Palmeiras in January, scoring three goals in his first two Premier League starts and pushing the Argentina international to the bench.

But a broken foot stopped the Brazil No. 9's early momentum and saw Aguero re-assert himself in his absence.

Upon Gabriel's return from injury, the two at times played together in Pep Guardiola's side, and the 20-year-old forward is expecting their friendly rivalry will bring the best out of each other as well as the team this season.

"Sergio Aguero is a high-quality player," Gabriel told The Daily Mail on Friday. "I'm a big fan of his, both of his football and his humility.

"But ultimately it's the manager's decision. If he wants us to play together we can, as we have already shown. But if he wants me to play up front alone, it's his decision.

"I just hope that any competition between us benefits the team, that it inspires both of us to score plenty of goals for City and leads to the club winning lots of matches and trophies."

All told, Gabriel scored seven goals and provided four assists in 10 league games last campaign. However, he said his habit or running offside has caught the attention of his demanding mother, Vera Lucia.

"I scored a goal in that game against Venezuela and it was the first time that I celebrated with a gesture for my mother. My friends had helped me to come up with it as a tribute to her," he explained.

"She's a fan but she knows a lot about the game. Above all, the offside rule. When I'm caught offside, she's always sending me messages.

"I like to think I understand the offside rule well enough. Hopefully she doesn't understand it better than me."

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