Mauricio Pochettino reveals he knows all about Manchester City signing Gabriel Jesus
MAURICIO POCHETTINO says he has done his research on new Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus ahead of Tottenham’s clash at the Etihad on Saturday.
Jesus was officially unveiled as a City player today – six months after agreeing to join the club.
The Brazil international helped Palmeiras win the Brazilian top flight last year before heading to Manchester.
He is a relative unknown in the Premier League but could get game time under City boss Pep Guardiola this weekend.
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But Pochettino insists Jesus is no secret weapon, having watched him in action already.
“I know him well already because I went to see his national team in Brazil,” Pochettino said.
“He’s not a proper striker, more a second striker.
“But he’s very young, he has a lot of potential and is very talented. Maybe he’ll be on the pitch or the bench.
“He’s 19 years old and we need to wait (to see how good he is). Maybe he can play.
“Today it’s difficult not to have an idea (of who he is) because of the internet. Football is everywhere and you can get information quick.”
Manchester City confirmed the arrival of Gabriel Jesus today
Gabriel Jesus helped Palmeiras win the Brazilian title last year
Spurs beat City 2-0 at White Hart Lane earlier this season and Saturday’s hosts are currently enduring a torrid time of it.
Manager Pep Guardiola oversaw a 4-0 defeat at Everton last weekend.
Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham face Manchester City on Saturday
But Pochettino is adamant that the wheels have not come off at the Etihad.
“For me (Guardiola) is one of the best managers in the world,” Pochettino said.
“It’s normal in English football over the last few years that the level has increased a lot and it’s always difficult to arrive in a new club, change the philosophy and set out your principles.
“But he’s doing well. We are in the top six, very close and in a similar situation. I’m sure he will succeed because he is a great manager.”
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