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'Today was my day' - Gabriel Jesus scores first Premier League hat-trick as he nets four in Man City thrashing of Watford

8:49 PM IST 23/04/22
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The Brazilian set a new personal best in City colours with a brilliant four-goal haul at the Etihad Stadium

Manchester City star Gabriel Jesus proved Watford's tormentor-in-chief on Saturday, helping himself to four goals on the way to his first-ever Premier League hat-trick.

The Brazilian's future at the Etihad Stadium has come under scrutiny as of late, with reports linking him to a move away this summer.

But Jesus delivered a timely reminder of his potency in front of goal as City brushed past Watford to cement their place at the league's summit.

Jesus marks personal best in City colours

City's centre-forward needed just four minutes to open his account against the Hornets and doubled his and the club's tally shortly after as Pep Guardiola's men enjoyed total dominance.

Rodri added a third after Hassane Kamara had dragged Watford within touching distance, and after the break Jesus completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot, his first since leaving Palmeiras for City in 2017.

For good measure the Brazilian made it 5-1 just minutes later by rounding off a fine team move from the hosts, making it a day to remember after struggling to impress throughout the 2021-22 season.

"Today was my day. We played very good today, we created a lot of chances, that's what we need to do," Jesus beamed to Sky Sports after the final whistle.

"We made passes and passes to create chances and try to score, and today we were very good on the finishing.

"It was my first hat-trick in the Premier League. I've tried. Sometimes I've scored two then I've hit a post, the defender has blocked [my shot], or the keeper has saved, but today was my day.

"I'm very happy with the three points. The team played so good and we deserved it."

The bigger picture

Prior to Saturday's match Jesus had scored just three times in 23 Premier League outings this term, meaning that he more than doubled his tally at Watford's expense.

The striker will hope this fine form continues in order to convince City he can lead their attack, and also strengthen his bid for inclusion in Brazil's World Cup squad at the end of the year.

"If there's one person who deserves the best in life for him, his family and his friends, it's Gabriel," Guardiola told the BBC.

"All of us at the club, when he has one of these situations, we're happy for him because he's so generous. It doesn't matter what position he's going to play, we know how he fights for his mates. He's fantastic."

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