|Grealish has his first goal for Man City|
Most recently, Grealish contributed the second goal in the green Man’s 5-0 victory over Norwich City in the second round. The 26-year-old midfielder appeared in 75 minutes before leaving the field to make way for Riyad Mahrez.
Grealish never scored more than 10 goals in a season while playing for Aston Villa. However, coach Pep Guardiola said he has the qualities to match Sterling, who was questioned about finishing after moving to Man City from Liverpool but has improved a lot over the years.
Teammate with Grealish on England has scored 114 goals in the past 293 matches for the Etihad Stadium team. In the last 4 seasons, Sterling has averaged more than 23 goals per season. Guardiola told his press conference whether Grealish has had a similar impact:
|Guardiola believes Grealish can score as many goals as Sterling|
“If Grealish has the mentality of wanting to score like Sterling, he can do it. When I went to Man City, in Sterling’s goals there were no goals. But that immediately changed.”
“Currently, Sterling regularly scores while playing as a ‘Number 9’. He’s like a machine in this position. Since his first season, Sterling has changed his habits and is determined to score as many goals as possible.”
“I don’t know if Grealish has the spirit of determination to score goals and win games. I need to discover that. Of course, Grealish has the quality to score many goals.”
|Guardiola praises Jesus|
Of the 5 goals that City scored against Norwich, there were 4 equally divided among Grealish, Laporte, Sterling and Mahrez, besides an own goal by goalkeeper Tim Krul. This match, Gabriel Jesus started but surprisingly he was assigned to the right wing instead of the main kick.
Guardiola said of Jesus’ contribution: “He’s an incredible player. No matter what position he plays, center, right or left, Jesus is ready to contribute and do what needs to be done for the team.”
“For Man City, having Jesus in the squad is an honor.”
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