They may one day be in direct competition for a place up-front at Manchester City, but before then Sergio Agüero and Gabriel Jesus will do battle in the famous Argentina and Brazil shirts on Thursday night when the two nations meet in a World Cup qualifier.
Agüero has recently been criticised for his Argentina form, but has a good chance of starting, while Gabriel Jesus has been handed the iconic number 9 shirt by Brazil and is expected to lead the line against their bitter rivals.
Speaking exclusively to Goal, Agüero commented on the prospect of playing with Gabriel Jesus both as a team mate and opponent, telling the website, “It will be a pleasure to play against Gabriel Jesus. He is an excellent forward and will be a great team mate.”
One of the big questions to be answered is whether Gabriel will be in direct competition with Kun when he joins the City squad in January. Though a prolific and lethal striker, the 19-year-old is also dangerous on the left wing and Pep Guardiola has implied in interviews that he could deploy the Brazilian wonderkid on the left flank.
However, with City’s costly wastefulness in front of goal lately, the cause behind three successive home draws in the Premier League, the City boss could be tempted to use Gabriel Jesus as a centre-forward in competition with Agüero and Kelechi Iheanacho.
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