Ze Roberto warning that World Cup dreams may be dashed by Guardiola

Tue 04 May 2021 | 13:21

Former Brazil international Ze Roberto believes Manchester City frontman Gabriel Jesus will struggle to give his best in a system that often requires no striker.

Pep Guardiola uses a 'false nine' approach that gets more creative influences into his side. That approach has allowed the 24-year-old


to be on the bench this season, starting just 19 Premier League games.

Ex-Bayern Munich star Ze Roberto, who made 84 caps for Brazil, told 


of the problems challenging Jesus in Manchester:

"Guardiola is a coach that likes to experiment with lots of options, given the quality players that he has, so as a consequence Gabriel Jesus ends up lacking a run of games. And he is a player who needs to have a run of games

"Attacking players need game time otherwise they end up losing their confidence. And a player suffering from a lack of confidence sometimes starts to see a dip in his performance. 

"I think Gabriel Jesus needs to perform better and I think he needs to score more goals in total. So I have doubts whether Guardiola's recent tactical system is the right one for Gabriel Jesus.

"I think that Gabriel Jesus needs to know how his season will be and how the next one will be. Why? Because there's a World Cup next year."



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