The English attacking midfielder, Phil Foden is being eased and getting grooved into the first-team fold at the Etihad Stadium and their gaffer believes there is no roof on what he can achieve. Pep Guardiola felt that the kid has the potential to achieve big and said the sky is the limit for him.
According to Former Catalan manager and Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, In football, Phil Foden has the sort of attitude that means he can achieve whatever he wants to.
As Cityzens won the domestic Carabao Cup for the third year running with a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa at Wembley on Sunday, the 19-year-old put in a fine shift in the midfield and capped off his performance.
When Gareth Southgate’s men face friendlies with Italy and Denmark at the end of March, Phil Foden’s performance has apparently put him in contention for an England call-up.
The former Barcelona coach has no doubt about the attacking midfielder’s potential but Pep Guardiola says Foden’s immediate aims should just be to keep improving,
Ahead of their tie against Championship side Sheffield Wednesday, Pep Guardiola said:
“I want the best for him. He will get what he deserves and of course I’m delighted about his performance and behaviour in good and bad moments,”
“He just works, and it always pays off. At 19 you have a lot to improve but with this behaviour he can do whatever he wants.”
With preparations have already begun for the trip across the Pennines to face the Owls at Hillsborough, Manchester City has very little time to dwell on their latest domestic success.
Leroy Sane, the German international, after playing 57 minutes for Manchester City’s Under-23 side on Friday was tipped to be in contention against the Sheffield side.
The Germany winger has sustained a serious knee injury in August’s Community Shield triumph over Liverpool, but Pep Guardiola says the Wednesday game comes too soon for the player to feature.
Talking about the injury and return of the player to the setup, Pep Guardiola added:
“No. He’s not ready. When you’re out, you start, you feel good but he’s not especially confident. He’s doing the normal steps he needs to come back,”
“[With the] second team [he played] 50-60 minutes, now it’s weeks and weeks and weeks [of gaining full fitness].”
Manchester City remains a huge 22 points adrift of Liverpool in the Premier League, but the day before Guardiola’s men triumphed at Wembley, the Merseysiders saw their unbeaten top-flight record ended by Watford.
Guardiola, though, did not entertain the notion the two results suggest the gap between Liverpool and Manchester City this season is not as big as the table suggests. He also said that the Klopp managed side deserves the trophy. Adding on, he said:
“The league is deserved, and it is done,”
“In other competitions, we have won two this season and now we have the cup and the Premier League because we have to improve to finish second and get the most points as possible and then there are two competitions: the FA Cup and Champions League.”
The Manchester City gaffer who has been impressed by the focus his team have shown in training ahead of the Wednesday fixture insisted there is no complacency from the Carabao Cup success.
“They trained so well today [Tuesday], they were focused. The team is so ready to play tomorrow.”