Guardiola: One of City’s best performances in Europe

Tue 19 October 2021 | 21:25

The City manager was delighted with his side’s thumping 5-1 victory over Club Brugge and praised Phil Foden and Cole Palmer.

Pep Guardiola


Manchester City

for their astonishing 5-1 victory over Club Brugge, which was "one of the best performances" they have displayed in Europe.

Riyad Mahrez scored a brace, with Joao Cancelo, Kyle Walker and

Cole Palmer

all scoring for their side, while Hans Vanaken met the back of the net for the opponents.

They pulled off an impressive performance and the City boss thinks they even could have won with a greater margin.

"[It was] 

One of the best performances we have done in Europe, definitely,"

Guardiola said after the match. 

"I looked over Brugge in the international break. I looked at many games. I know how good they did against PSG.

"We found a lot of passes with Phil [Foden]. We had runners in behind. We could have scored more goals, we had many chances. All of us are delighted with the performance we have done."

Palmer netted his first Champions League goal for Manchester City, becoming the third teenager to score for the Premier League side after Foden and Kelechi Iheanacho.


Cole has a special quality in front of the box, a talent that is difficult to find,"

Guardiola continued.

"When he has the ball there, most of the time it ends up in the net. It’s difficult to find that.

"I know how it works with young players. We have to be calm and patient. His position is the second team but at the same time he trains with us and works with our principles.

"I am happy with the goal. He could have done a few actions a little bit better, but that is normal. It is experience."

The 19-year-old wants to follow Foden’s footsteps, who met the target six times and provided six assists in the Champions League for the Citizens. Guardiola also praised him for his versatility.


Yeah, definitely [Foden can play anywhere],"

Guardiola added. 

"He can play as a striker. He can go in behind. He is not in a static position.

"Phil is a special talent. We don't have a striker who scores 25 goals, I have to put players near the box to score goals. He is one of the guys, Sterling is one of the guys, Riyad is and Gundogan. Phil is someone who you feel can create."

source: SportMob

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