City go into the game on the back of four successive wins, including a 2-1 defeat of title-rivals Liverpool and resounding cup successes against Rotherham United and Burton Albion, the latter a 9-0 triumph in the semi-finals of the EFL Cup on Wednesday. "That's why they are doing incredibly well in the Premier League".
Pep Guardiola revealed he is unlikely to whisk Manchester City away on a warm-weather break because they are fighting on all four fronts.
They have lightened the load a little with the huge victory over Burton, with Guardiola set to put out a second-string side for the second leg against the League One club.
"The private life affects performances".
"But of course we cannot substitute the mother and, when the family can't be there, it's hard". Sometimes we judge the players, we don't know what is happening in the private life.
"No, I didn't speak with him", Guardiola said.
"Vincent is recovering also well after the game with Liverpool".
"They have to handle the situation and of course he is not alone, he has friends".
"If you don't have injuries, if you are satisfied with the players, the squad you have, you go with them". He has incredible relationship with the Brazilian guys, like Danilo, Fernandinho, Bernardo, many, many players here.
The manager said City would do everything they can to help Gabriel Jesus after close relatives including his mother, Vera Lucia Diniz de Jesus, returned to Brazil. "I think it won't be a problem for the next months". Right now, I don't know.