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I've started the new year on fire, boasts City goal machine Jesus

Gabriel Jesus
Gabriel Jesus

By Andy Hampson

Gabriel Jesus described himself as "on fire" after helping Manchester City maintain their blistering start to 2019 by thrashing Burnley on Saturday.

The Brazilian  netted his eighth goal in his last five games, and his 15th for the season, as City hammered the Clarets 5-0 in their FA Cup fourth-round tie at the Etihad Stadium.

In the wider picture, City have scored 30 goals in seven games this year, all of which have been won, and Jesus says they are hungry for more.

The 21-year-old said: "I have started this year on fire, I think, (and) not just for the goals.

"I think I help the team on the pitch, I work hard and I think I play well when I go onto the pitch."

Jesus set City on their way to their latest convincing win when he cut back from the byline and fired in a low shot. Bernardo Silva doubled the lead and the outstanding Kevin De Bruyne struck a superb long-range third.

De Bruyne forced Kevin Long to turn into his own net for City's third and Sergio Aguero completed the rout with a late penalty.

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