Pep Guardiola makes Phil Foden promise after crucial Man City Premier League win
Pep Guardiola makes Phil Foden promise after crucial Man City win
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Pep Guardiola makes Phil Foden promise after crucial Man City win

Pep Guardiola admitted he is delighted with Phil Foden’s progress in recent weeks, after the young attacker scored and assisted in Manchester City’s 4-1 win against Bournemouth on Saturday.

Foden has been a bit-part player for City over the last couple of months, as before Saturday he had started just four of City’s 15 matches since the World Cup.

But on a day that required a strong City performance in order to keep Premier League leaders Arsenal in touching distance, Foden built on an impressive outing last weekend to play a key role in the victory.

The 22-year-old made a superb run in-behind the Bournemouth defence that resulted in Julian Alvarez stabbing home the opener, and 15 minutes later he set up Erling Haaland’s 27th league goal of the season.

On the stroke of half-time, Foden put the result beyond doubt when he pounced on a wayward pass and emphatically fired City into a 3-0 lead.

Foden was named the Player of the Match, and Guardiola was understandably pleased.

What did Guardiola say?

“No one from manager, staff to players can doubt – even our fans – can doubt Phil,” Guardiola said in his post-match press conference, via the club’s official website.

“But still we cannot forget that he is a young lad, a young player. There are periods where maybe you have injuries, when the ankle was not comfortable.

“Phil always gives you that average, seven or eight [out of ten performance] he is always there. Because of his work ethic, how he helps, he tries to do it.

“But sometimes, you are not brilliant like he normally is, and I’m pretty sure this goal will help him, he helped us a lot to win today, and next Tuesday [against Bristol City in the FA Cup] he will have another opportunity.”

However, always the perfectionist, Guardiola insisted there is still much more to come from Foden.

“Today he scored a goal but at Nottingham Forest he played better than today,” Guardiola told Sky Sports.

“He’s important, we need Phil, his work ethic, he made a goal, made an assist. Of course he is so important, step by step he will be back.”

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