‘We need to win every single game’: Man City star Gabriel Jesus knows they can afford no slip-ups in thrilling title race with Liverpool
- Manchester City returned top of the Premier League after 2-0 win at Everton
- They lead Liverpool on goal difference albeit having played one extra game
- But it is a very different situation compared to last week after Newcastle defeat
- Striker Gabriel Jesus says there is no margin for error by Pep Guardiola’s side
- Liverpool drew against Leicester and West Ham to lose their lead this week
Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus insists they have to win every match in the Premier League title run-in if they are to see off the challenge of Liverpool.
Pep Guardiola’s side went back to the top of the table for the first time in two months, albeit on goal difference having played one match more than the Reds, after a 2-0 win at Everton.
But having beaten Arsenal and the Toffees – while Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool recorded back-to-back draws against Leicester and West Ham – City must now prepare for Sunday’s clash with Chelsea at the Etihad.
Gabriel Jesus celebrates with Fernandinho after scoring Man City’s second goal at Everton
The Brazilian forward rounded off City’s vital win at Goodison Park on Wednesday evening
City have returned to the Premier League summit on goal difference, overtaking Liverpool
Jesus knows they cannot afford any more slip-ups after losing back-to-back games either side of Christmas and then suffering a shock defeat at struggling Newcastle last month.
‘It’s an important moment for us because we had three difficult games. We have won two and now have Chelsea, a big game,’ said the Brazil international, who scored City’s second at Goodison Park in the sixth minute of added time at the end of the game.
‘We need to win that, because we are at home. It’s amazing to be back on top. We have played one more game than Liverpool, but it’s good because we want another title.
‘We need to win every single game, but we’re so happy now.’
Jesus believes it is psychologically important for City to regain top spot in the Premier League
Manager Pep Guardiola celebrates with a clenched fist after Jesus secured the three points
Man City run-in
Fixtures subject to alteration
Sunday Chelsea (H)
February 27 West Ham (H)
March 2 Bournemouth (A)
March 9 Watford (H)
March 16 Manchester United (A)
March 30 Fulham (A)
April 6 Cardiff City (H)
April 13 Crystal Palace (A)
April 20 Tottenham (H)
April 27 Burnley (A)
May 4 Leicester City (H)
May 12 Brighton (A)
A month ago City could have fallen 10 points behind in the title race had they lost at home to Liverpool, but a 2-1 victory was followed by four wins in five league games, while the Reds dropped points in two of their four fixtures since.
‘I don’t know about Liverpool but we have worked hard to get back into first position,’ Jesus added.
‘The Premier League is always difficult and after winning it last year we want it again.
‘But now we are top, we are happy we need to keep working hard to win games.’
City are still fighting on four fronts and they face Newport in the FA Cup, Chelsea in the Carabao Cup and Schalke in the Champions League all before the end of the month.
‘Every competition is important for us because we want to take the titles for ourselves,’ said Jesus.
‘We cannot make one competition a priority. Sometimes the manager plays other players in the Carabao and FA Cup but that’s good because the players who play more need a rest.
‘The season is long with a lot of games.’
City’s win at Everton could provide highly significant come the end of the season