Foden incredibly important for City - Guardiola

Tue 08 December 2020 | 18:04

The Spanish coach has been impressed by the English star's performance.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola praised Phil Foden and his sense of responsibility.

20-year-old Foden has shown great talent, and this has been obvious to Guardiola from the beginning. The Spanish coach transferred him to the first team at the age of 16, and the English star made his debut in the Champions League match against Celtic in December 2016. Although he did not have a memorable performance in that game, he gradually made significant progress. After the departure of David Silva last summer, his responsibilities in the City midfield increased. On Wednesday, Foden will probably play against Marseille to give City the fifth win of their sixth European game.

They can reach 16 points, which will be the best performance of English teams in the group stage, equal to the 2005-06 Arsenal final, Manchester United two seasons later, and Tottenham in 2017-18. Guardiola now praised Foden's progress.

"Phil is young but he has specific energy and specific quality,"

Guardiola said.

"Of course, he has to improve in the final decision in the 18-yard box, he has to be more patient in that moment, but that's part of his game."

"In this moment I see him playing up front because of his dynamic sense in front of goal and he helps us with first pressure,"

Guardiola said.

"When he is 24, 25, I think he will be able to play more defensive positions. Now he can play both wingers, behind strikers and as a striker.

"As a manager, having a player like this who can play several positions is fundamental."

source: SportMob

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