Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus says his failure to score at last summer’s World Cup in Russia had an effect on his mental state, leaving him feeling “scarred”.
Jesus received criticism for his performances at a disappointing World Cup that saw them eliminated by Belgium in the quarter-finals.
And the 21-year-old admits his barren run in Russia had an impact on him going into the new club season.
“I went to the World Cup as a key player and I ended up not scoring. It affects you,” Jesus told Globo TV.
“I was scarred by that. People will always remember Gabriel who did not score in the World Cup.”
Jesus has also been out of form for City, but showed glimpses of his previous form against Everton in mid-December, ending a four month Premier League goal drought by scoring twice.
And the Selecao star, who recently admitted the return of his family to the UK has helped his confidence, wants to work hard to improve and score more regularly.
Jesus said: “I want to work, I always want to improve, and do only good things.”