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Foden was inspired by Guardiola’s style at Barcelona as a child

Tue 25 May 2021 | 8:39

The England international talked about the ways Pep Guardiola has influenced his game from an early age.

Phil Foden

was about to turn nine when

Pep Guardiola

led Barcelona to their first of two wins in 2009.

Foden was impressed by the Spanish tactician and has been admiring him ever since, with the youngster playing under his reign at

Manchester City

and becoming a key player of Guardiola’s squad.

"

Everyone knows he's one of the best coaches to ever be out there,"

said Foden.

"So, just to play under him is very special. He just loves playing out from the back and playing beautiful football.

"It suits my style a lot and I'm just happy to keep working with him and keep improving.

"When I used to watch Barcelona as a kid, it was unbelievable - the way he set them up and how they played one-touch and two-touch football was unbelievable.

"I never would have thought that he would be my coach someday. I feel very lucky.

"I just remember growing up and they dominated football for years, winning everything. I just remember always watching it with my dad and thinking: 'Wow! What a team this is and what a coach they have!'

"He has tried to bring that kind of football here and it seems to be working. They played a big part in my career, watching them when I was younger, and it helps as well now that the manager's here.

"I understand how he plays and how he wants to play. It helps a lot."

The 20-year-old, who is an academy product, has been under careful observation by City and the club manager during the past four years.

He gradually made his way through the first-team squad and earned himself a regular role in the past two years.

The midfielder was suggested to go away on loan deals to gain some experience; however, he chose to be patient and be trained by Guardiola, waiting for his time to come.

"

There weren't many young kids at my age playing in a team like this,"

said Foden, who met the target 16 times this season.

"A lot of people were complaining about the minutes and things but, with the team that we have here and how many quality players we had at the time, it was very difficult to get in.

"I just kept believing in myself and trusting the manager. This year has been really good for me, playing more minutes. I would definitely say it has paid off."


source: SportMob