Jesus: ‘Bernardo is one of the best players in the world’

Jason Soutar
Gabriel Jesus celebrates his goal with Bernardo Silva

Gabriel Jesus has waxed lyrical about his Manchester City team-mate Bernardo Silva, claiming he is “is one of the best players in the world right now”.

Brazil striker Jesus scored the winning goal for the Citizens in Wednesday’s Champions League clash against Paris Saint-Germain.

He has been quick to deflect praise onto his Portuguese team-mate, however, who set up the 76th-minute winner.

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Bernardo was close to leaving City in the summer transfer window due to a lack of game time, but has been described as “undroppable” by manager Pep Guardiola amidst his excellent start to the season.

Jesus said: “In my opinion Bernardo is one of the best players in the world right now because his quality as a football player is incredible, and he has another thing – that he always works so hard.

“He is a player I love. It doesn’t matter when in the game, he likes to work and have the ball.

“He doesn’t get the credits because he doesn’t score or make assists a lot, but if you watch him play football you will enjoy it.”

The Premier League champions were excellent against PSG despite going 1-0 down thanks to Kylian Mbappe.

City responded well to going behind. Raheem Sterling equalised before Jesus’ winner sealed top spot in Group A.

“I enjoyed it,” said Jesus. “As a Manchester City player I want to help all the time, so I can come in and help my team-mates.

“It was a great ball from Bernardo. I had to score because it was a top ball.”

Guardiola described it as “a lovely night” for the Citizens. “It was a good game,” he told BT Sport.

“The danger is always when they have the ball in the final third is terrible. But again we did a good performance like the first game.

“Unfortunately, in the first half the chances we had we could not convert. After their goal we suffer a knock-out five or 10 minutes but after that, yeah.

“We thank our people for coming out and supporting us. It was a lovely night for us.”