Guardiola likened Alvarez to Gabriel Jesus

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Pep Guardiola laud new signing Julian Alvarez as he likened his playing style to former striker Gabriel Jesus.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has likened the playing style of new signing Julian Alvarez to former striker Gabriel Jesus.

The former River Plate forward made his debut in an international friendly against Club America.

Speaking to the media after the game Guardiola stated that the Alverez is just a similar player to Gabriel Jesus.

“Julian was incredible, defensively he is quite similar like Gabriel (Jesus)”, Guardiola said.

“Gabriel is probably the best, but he is close to him in aggression and how intuitive he is, he makes the runs and with the ball he’s absolutely brilliant.

“He can keep the ball and you can link with him without a problem.

“We have the feeling we signed a top-class young player for the next years to come, and we are delighted.

“The job that Mareclo Gallardo did at River Plate, we have the benefit, and hopefully he can grow up in an important league like Premier League.”

Former Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Philips also made his debut in the 2-1 victory over Club America.

But the former Barcelona manager said he will need time to adapt to his work in the team.

Guardiola added: “Kalvin, he already knows perfectly (the Premier League) – he needs time to understand what we want him to do and help him with his movements and shapes.

“We are very pleased.”

Guardiola has also said that fellow summer signing Erling Haaland should make his City debut against Bayern Munich this weekend.

He said: “Next game he’ll be ready. He had niggles, we don’t want to take risks, maybe against Bayern, we will see.

“He made two sessions, we don’t want to take risks. The season is so long, we will have time, don’t worry.

“He had some problems last season at Dortmund but we try to handle it, it’s not a big issue.

“We want to take care of them. When we come back we want to be fit, the player has to be fit to be ready. It will come.”




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