In the past few days, we’ve covered all the expectations around Gabriel Jesus’ return to Allianz Parque, the Palmeiras stadium where Brazil played Chile last night.
It turned out the striker had a magical night, scoring two of Brazil’s goals and being crucial in the 3-0 win which left Chile out of the World Cup.
With his song ‘Glory, Glory, Hallelujah, it’s Gabriel Jesus’ being sung in the stands, the player finished the World Cup qualifiers as Brazil’s top scorer, even though it’s been only one year since his national team debut.
Seven goals and five assists in only ten games.
Talking to journalists after the game, the player tried to still be humble, saying his place in the World Cup is not guaranteed.
“This game represents a lot of happiness. Not only on the personal side, but for Brazil, for the team. For all the campaign we’ve done, for everything we’ve been through.
Manager Tite also spoke to the press after the game, and credited Jesus’ former Palmeiras managers for his development, saying Manchester City should be thankful to them.
Asked if there was no big legacy from the previous national team bosses, Tite said: “Jesus still hadn’t exploded. So how would they call him up? He resulted in a legacy and a legacy to City. They have to thank Palmeiras. Marcelo Oliveira, Cuca. City have to thank the development work of these managers as well.” (via Lance)