Gabriel Jesus insisted he had not been feeling the pressure before roaring back to form with a hat-trick in Manchester City’s 6-0 Champions League demolition of Shakhtar Donetsk.
Coming after a poor World Cup, the Brazil striker had made an underwhelming start to the campaign, with just two goals and only six starts before Wednesday’s match.
The 21-year-old started to put that behind him as he netted two penalties at the Etihad Stadium and chipped the goalkeeper to claim his first City treble.
‘It was a very special night for me,’ said Jesus, who has been playing second fiddle to the in-form Sergio Aguero this season
‘I’ve been working very hard. I never enter in the pitch under pressure to score goals but I know my position requires me to score goals.
‘If I am helping my teammates in some way, giving assistance, passing the ball, I’ll already be very happy but, of course, in my position I have to score.’
Jesus dedicated his hat-trick to his mother, who was at the game.
City proved far too strong for the Ukrainians, overpowering them for a second time in a fortnight to take command of Group F and move closer to qualification for the last 16.
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