Guardiola hails ‘huge talent’ Foden after standout display at ‘impressive’ Anfield

Date published: Sunday 7th February 2021 6:57 - Steve Pearson

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Man City boss Pep Guardiola described Phil Foden as a “huge talent” amid indicating he still has a lot to learn despite his breakout performance against Liverpool.

Man City took another step closer to regaining the Premier League trophy after handing Liverpool a crushing 4-1 defeat at Anfield.

Ilkay Gundogan atoned for his earlier missed penalty by putting the table toppers in front before Mohamed Salah equalised from the penalty spot.

From that point on, however, it was all City. Inspired performances from Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden combined with uncharacteristic errors from Alisson Becker saw the visitors run the scoreline up to 4-1 in the second half.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, Guardiola said: “We played in the way you have to suffer here. Hopefully next time we can win here with people. Anfield is always impressive but with people it is much more.

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“Huge victory for us. Three more points at the end but I take into consideration the fact we won after we missed a penalty and conceded a goal but the way we reacted… that made the difference.

“We started really well. We cannot play like they play, we have to play in a slow rhythm. Second half we adjusted our set up and the quality of the players did the rest.

“Phil Foden is a guy who keeps the ball really well, he arrives so aggressive but he is also still so young. When he plays wide it is more easy for him, he will learn.

“The action for the second goal and the fourth goal, we know what a huge talent he is but he is still young and hopefully he can understand he can still improve.

“It is an important win but it is February. Of course the gap to fifth is big right now and that means for the Champions League for next season is important but 10 wins in a row in this period is something exceptional.

Today is the time to talk about this but tomorrow we look to the next game.”

 

Foden talks City trait that’s improved

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Man of the match Foden also spoke to the press, telling Sky Sports: “It’s brilliant, every player wants to play in big games like this and we showed that courage from minute one.

“They made it so difficult for us but we showed our courage to play our football and keep going, and in the end it paid off.

“I feel like sometimes we’re a slow team to get going. It was definitely better in the second half, it’s something to work on.

“We definitely forced the errors, it’s something we’re working at in training. Everyone worked for each other and got their rewards today.”

Regarding his powerful goal, Foden concluded: “I struck it perfect and I’m just happy to see it go in and help the team.

“It gives us every chance to go on and win [the title], but the job isn’t done and we’ve got a long way to go.

“When you beat the champions everyone’s confidence goes sky high, so it can only help us. We’re just happy to win today.”

 

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