Real Madrid suffer injury blow before Man City clash as Gabriel Jesus sends Liverpool warning
Here are your Manchester City evening headlines for Sunday, April 24.
Real Madrid suffer David Alaba injury concern before Champions League showdown
Real Madrid are sweating over the fitness of David Alaba with reports in Spain suggesting the Austria star will not play against City on Tuesday night (8pm). Colliding over two legs for a place in the Champions League final, the Spanish giants are primed and ready to jet over to Manchester.
Without a La Liga game at the weekend, the runaway leaders were afforded some extra rest time while City made light work of relegation-threatened Watford in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon. It was ideal preparation for the impending showdown as Gabriel Jesus found his shooting boots with four goals.
However, if Real are to stop him and the other attacking weapons at Pep Guardiola’s disposal, it appears they will have to do so without Alaba. A marquee summer signing from Bayern Munich, the 29-year-old has been a consistent performer at the Santiago Bernabeu alongside regular centre-back partner Eder Militao.
Gabriel Jesus sends Liverpool warning to Man City teammates
Gabriel Jesus has made it clear that the Premier League title race with Liverpool is far from over. The Brazilian fired four past Watford as City established a four-point lead over Liverpool – prior to their clash with Everton.
City had fallen behind Liverpool in the table earlier this week following Jurgen Klopp’s side’s 4-0 hammering of Manchester United but Pep Guardiola’s men responded in style. A hard-fought 3-0 victory over Brighton on Wednesday was followed up with a comfortable 5-1 win against Championship-bound Watford on Saturday.
In a week in which his future has come into doubt due to the expected arrival of Erling Haaland, Jesus proved he still has a part to play at City as he notched an impressive four-goal haul in the match. Rodri grabbed the other goal against Watford.