Gabriel Jesus said his mother’s arrival in England has improved his confidence as he ended his Premier League goal drought to help Manchester City return to the top of the table.
Jesus had not scored a league goal since August – a run of 11 games and 487 minutes – but netted twice before Raheem Sterling added City’s third.
The Brazil forward, who signed for City in 2017 and extended his contract until 2023 earlier this season, has recently been joined in Manchester by his mother.
“My confidence is back because my family is here with me,” said the 21-year-old.
“They help me a lot. It is easy for me because they are everything. I need my family in this moment.”
City Manager, Pep Guardiola, said: “He settled so well from the beginning – but it is much better his family is here and strikers need to score goals.
“He scored two nice goals that will be important for him.”