Jesus: "Every point can decide the league"

Despite seeing us score two late goals to clinch a 3-3 draw with Southampton, Gabriel Jesus admits that he feels that it was more a case of dropping two points rather than gaining one in our quest for the Premier League title.

We trailed 3-1 going into the final three minutes of the 90, before Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka struck to draw us level and ultimately move five points clear of Manchester City at the top of the table, but despite that late comeback Gabby was unhappy we didn’t claim the win we craved.

Speaking post-match, he reflected on the result saying: “Like the last two games, it’s two points dropped. With all respect to our opponents tonight, Southampton, they came to play the game of their lives because of the situation they’re in now, and us too.

“We have to understand that every point can decide the league. But, like we all say, now it’s time to stick together and then we go again.

“This is the Premier League, it’s so difficult to win this competition. We are not here to always give excuses but it’s a tough league – there are some good games and tough games. The last games we played, we faced tough opponents. 

“In the last two games, we started so well and then after we couldn’t hold the ball and keep playing [our way]. Tonight was the opposite - we didn’t start well like in other games but at the end we tried our best but dropped two points.”

It could have been easy for our players to have given up hope going into the final few minutes two goals down, but the Brazilian striker feels that isn’t an option when you play for a club of our stature in the position we’re currently in.

He believes that spirit will be vital once again on Wednesday night when he makes his first return to his former club Manchester City for what many are dubbing the game of the season, including Gabby himself.
“It’s really difficult to be [trailing by two goals] but we are here playing for a massive club, and for all the supporters at the club.,” he added. “We have to manage ourselves to come back and be focused again and strong, because anything can happen from now until the end of the season.
“Even if you don’t drop the points we dropped in the last games, nothing changes - it’s a final. Each game is a final, we have to face them like a final. This is the most important game of the season for us.”

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