Pep: Foden a “serious player” | Redknapp: It is the key to England
Phil Foden purred Pep Guardiola after starring again in Manchester City’s 2-1 win over Aston Villa.
John McGinn had stunned City when he opened the scoring after just 20 seconds, but Foden finished a smart move to reach his level and was a threat all night as City completed the comeback win and was 11 points clear.
Foden inspired City in the Champions League quarter-final victory against Borussia Dortmund and has increasingly exerted influence in recent weeks.
“He’s growing, this guy is growing,” said Guardiola after the game.
“He’s making progress every time. His impact on our game is huge right now. He’s so aggressive without the ball. He’s going to be a serious player.
“There are people who can no longer be stopped at 19 or 20. Then others at 29 or 30 who are not.
“Phil is becoming such an important player in the last few games. His influence in the last third is so important.”
Redknapp: Foden terrifying … he is pushing into England XI
Sky Sports’ Jamie Redknapp declared Foden a “real deal” after seeing another lead role in front of Gareth Southgate, and endorsed him not only for the English squad, but also for the starting XI.
Redknapp said: “Foden, Gundogan and Bernardo Silva were majestic tonight. It was amazing how they moved, chased, closed – they are great examples for any young footballer.
“And Foden … I’ve loved young talent before, but this kid is the real deal. For a young player who plays with so much flair and aggression, he’s amazing.
“Sometimes you worry that if kids get too much too soon they’ll lose that hunger and that craving, but if that kid keeps accelerating at this rate anything is possible. It’s terrifying.
“He’s effective, he pits, he comes into danger. He’s so versatile and that makes him such a beautiful player.
- Only Kevin De Bruyne (24) was directly involved in more goals in all competitions for Man City this season than Phil Foden (23-14 goals, 9 assists).
- No player has scored more goals in all competitions before turning 21 for Pep Guardiola than Phil Foden from Manchester City (29 – level with Bojan).
“We were all wondering about the development, if staying in Man City and maybe not being loaned would slow his growth, but the development has been through the daily game with Bernardo Silva and David Silva last year and Kevin De Bruyne, it’s an education you can’t buy when you’re playing with the best players in the world.
“I just think he can play anywhere and that’s the modern game now, especially in the Manchester City team which is sometimes about total football. I remember when they played Liverpool last season and he up showed up on the right side and tormented the left-back.
“I think it’s important not to position them in one position with players like that because he’s so good you just want to see him on the ball. He can work on both sides, he’s so naturally skillful with both feet he can Score goals, make goals.
“It’s hard not to be happy about this guy. Of course he will [England] Squad. I thought he couldn’t start the tournament, but I assume he will finish. Right now it looks like you can’t stop him [England] Team.
“We have an abundance of talent. But the way he’s playing right now, he’s pushing his way into the starting XI with such performances because he plays on the neck at such a young age. Not many people.” He can do that. He plays in the best team in the Premier League and plays a brand of football we all want to see.
Pep: Premier League most important
After two days dominated by the unfortunate Super League, Guardiola continued to focus on the Premier League, insisting that City deserve a win that earned them just eight points from the title.
The City boss, whose team took on Tottenham in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday, told Sky Sports: “It wasn’t the best start we had imagined, but we were amazing. We did so well after 10 against 11 played when Cash was sent off. ” also.
“The Premier League is the most important title. The next one is Crystal Palace and we will try to bring it closer.”
Guardiola was upset about the Stones being sent at the time but asked about the incident and said, “I didn’t see the action on TV. He’s running late but the intent isn’t (there).
“But it’s a good lesson for Sunday’s final. If you play a 10v11 final, you stand no chance and the same goes for PSG.”
Smith means ‘stupid, inconsiderate’ Cash rot
Villa boss Dean Smith was frustrated with the nature of the goals his team conceded and also thought that sending cash was costly.
Smith told Sky Sports: “The disappointing part for me is the way the goals are scored. If you lose to Manchester City, you want those goals to be carried out well, not the goals we conceded.”
“That’s disappointing and then sending cash is stupid and reckless. I thought the first yellow was harsh but the second was stupid and reckless. You won’t have a better chance than if 10 v 11 against Man City.”
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Villa will now host West Brom in the Premier League on Sunday night at 7pm, while Man City will face Tottenham in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday and play live on Sky Sports Football at 4.30pm.