Man City manager Pep Guardiola explains decision to start Gabriel Jesus over Sergio Aguero in FA Cup final
The City side is mostly unchanged from the one which clinched the Premier League title with a 4-1 victory against Brighton this weekend but with one notable change – Jesus starting up-front ahead of top scorer Sergio Aguero.
The decision has been met with surprise from City fans but Guardiola explained his thinking for the selection prior to kick-off.
“It’s always difficult,” the Blues boss told BBC.
“At the same time Sergio is difficult for me to drop. Gabriel is an incredible guy,you can’t imagine his mood in the training sessions, he’s a fighter.
“He’s played all the competition, he’s scored a lot of goals, he got us to the final so he deserves to play.
“There are many others, players like Nico [Otamendi], like John [Stones], so it’s difficult for me, for all of us, to chose the right eleven for the game but it is what it is.”
“First we have to win and after ill explain what i feel,” added Guardiola. “First of all its a games so we try to know who they are as a team. We have got incredible respect because they have everything, long ball, quality in Gerard Deloufeu and the wingers but we are here here and we’ll try to win the game.”
Guardiola also said that he is aware of what City could achieve should they win, but insisted that the players must focus on the game.
“We cannot deny it but we can not get confused about how beautiful is the domestic treble, you have to do a job, our job.
“First we have to win our games. Always we believe that games are the consequence of performance on the pitch, that we have to do. After that we’ll see if you’ve got it or not and next season well be back.”