Gabriel Jesus Left Man City Because Pep Made Him Cry
Pep Guardiola isn’t just a winner. He also makes grown men cry. Gabriel Jesus left Manchester City this past year and now we may have a better understanding why. It has a lot to do with Pep, apparently.
Speaking to the “Denilson show” podcast, Jesus told a story about how Pep made him cry. It turned out to be the turning point in his eventual departure.
“There was a Champions League game, PSG, at home, in which he put [Oleksandr] Zinchenko as a false 9. Crazy thing,” Jesus said. “The day before, he didn’t even use [Zinchenko] in training, he had put me in as a striker. … Zinchenko even joked with me: ‘that day I felt bad for you.’
“Two hours before the game, there’s a team talk, the team eats, rests for 30 minutes and goes to the game. He told us the team, I didn’t even eat. I went straight to the room, crying, I called my mother to talk: ‘I want to leave.’ I’m going home, because he put [Zinchenko] on, and he didn’t put me on. He put a left-back there. I went crazy.”
“I didn’t warm up,” Jesus added. “I felt bad. Five minutes after [Kylian] Mbappe scored the goal for 1-0, [Guardiola] called me. I gave an assist and scored; we turned it around 2-1. In the next [Champions League] game [a 2-1 win at RB Leipzig], I thought I was going to play, and I didn’t play.
“There was a lot of that with him [Guardiola], and it’s not easy. But one [player] evolves. It is really hard. That’s when I decided, I didn’t want to stay anymore. And I decided to leave.”
I think the funniest part of this story is the fact that Zinchenko now plays for Arsenal too. By all accounts, Jesus appears really happy at his new club playing for the Gunners. It wasn’t all terrible for Jesus who joined City in January 2017 from Palmeiras and won 11 titles with the club. Just a future note for Arsenal, make sure to play him in the future Champions League games or Jesus will cry.
I think it’s safe to say Pep Guardiola isn’t shedding any tears after winning the Champions League this year. Pep also replaced Jesus with Erling Haaland (who dominated everything this year). I’m not sure they’re in a position to complain about the way things turned out.
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