I Could Have Played That Penalty - Gabriel Jesus
Gabriel Jesus’ penalty record for Manchester City has not been good but he feels he could have done better than Riyad Mahrez who missed on Sunday.
The visitors were awarded a spot-kick in the 85th minute but the Algerian’s effort sailed high over the bar.
Jesus had wanted to take responsibility, but manager Pep Guardiola instructed Mahrez to step up.
"I would like to have taken it, I was confident, so I was not happy that they did not allow me," Jesus said.
Both players should not be proud of their recent penalty conversion rate with Mahrez having now failed to score five of his last eight Premier League penalties, while Jesus has missed two of his last three for City.
This would not have been a topic if regular penalty taker Sergio Aguero had not been substituted at the time.
The draw leaves City top of the Premier League on 20 points, level with Liverpool and Chelsea and Guardiola can only rue the chances missed.
He, however, apologized to Jesus after the game.
"Pep spoke with me. This is part of football, sometimes these things happen. I will support Riyad if the manager chooses him again," he said.
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