UK Phil Foden makes his point to Guardiola and doubters in front of England manager last minute news

MetiNews.Com - Phil Foden is Manchester City's top scorer for the season and his goal helped beat Brighton in the Premier League

UK Phil Foden makes his point to Guardiola and doubters in front of England manager last minute news

MetiNews.Com - Phil Foden is Manchester City's top scorer for the season and his goal helped beat Brighton in the Premier League

UK Phil Foden makes his point to Guardiola and doubters in front of England manager last minute news
13 January 2021 - 20:15

Breaking News ! Phil Foden has never had it easy at Manchester City. Pep Guardiola refused to give the youngster minutes for the sake of it, forcing him to train with a smile on his face every day and improve until he could force one of the many world-class stars out of the team on merit. As late as December, when the 20-year-old had gone seven league games without a start, there were still legitimate questions about whether a loan may be necessary for his development. A man-of-the match performance at Arsenal before Christmas ended with the manager declaring that Foden needed to learn to play at different paces. On his fourth consecutive start, Stockport's finest showed that he has surely answered the questions that both Guardiola and the wider world had: he is no longer the future, he is the present. With City struggling against a well-organised and brave Brighton, it was Foden that made the critical breakthrough as half-time approached. (Image: Getty Images) Running across the box from his starting position wide on the left, he measured his pace to receive the ball into feet from Kevin De Bruyne. One touch took him away from another defender, another pushed it forward to give him space to run onto and then the cool finish into the near post left the goalkeeper flailing and the net rustling. Read More Related Articles Man City player ratings: Ruben Dias and John Stones team up again vs Brighton Read More Related Articles Man City team vs Brighton sees Joao Cancelo preferred to Kyle Walker England manager Gareth Southgate will not have been disappointed to make the trip to a rainy Etihad on a foul night in Manchester, and Guardiola can be thrilled with a midfielder that is currently the club's top scorer for the season. Foden's goal ended a difficult 45 minutes for the Blues in which Brighton had lived up to their reputation under Graham Potter. (Image: Getty Images) Guardiola could not talk highly enough of his opposite number ahead of this game, and has plenty of previous. He declared Brighton's approach at the Etihad last season one of the bravest he had seen from a visiting team, which may well be easier to say when you've won 4-0 but City's manager has never made a habit of saying the easy thing in press conferences. Read More Related Articles Sign up for our free Man City email newsletter Bravery does not always get you points, and Potter will continue to be questioned while the Seagulls remain under the threat of relegation; they arrived at the Etihad without a league win in eight matches and two months, reminding that style is only good when it is successful. But bravery is needed to beat Guardiola's City - particularly when their confidence is so high - and they have always struggled more against teams that have a clear identity. Brighton pressed hard and aggressively and beat the City press twice in the opening 15 minutes as well as restricting the hosts. (Image: Manchester City FC via Getty Images) Every time the Blue machine threatened to demolish their opponents like a crusher in a scrapyard, the plucky visitors would play their way out of the jaws and Stones and Dias needed to be at their best to ensure there were no upsets at the other end.

. Foden's goal ended City frustration and gave them comfort in the scoreline even if it didn't change the game much in the second half. Brighton still pushed when they could and defended resolutely in what was a well-fought contest. City could and should have added to their advantage before the hour-mark, with Riyad Mahrez shooting wide on his trusty left peg from inside the box, Ilkay Gundogan denied by goalkeeper Robert Sanchez and then Bernardo Silva hitting the outside of the post all in a matter of minutes. (Image: PA) After being so delicate for so long, the game opened up quickly. Between Gabriel Jesus being called for from the bench and him coming on, two Brighton players had come close to meeting the same inviting ball across Ederson's box, while De Bruyne and Joao Cancelo had forced further saves from Sanchez. It made for a more nervous ending than it needed to be and Guardiola looked like he wanted to substitute Jesus when the Brazilian intercepted a free-kick on the edge of his own box only to needlessly give the ball away; the shout that came from the touchline certainly carried to its intended recipient. City's improved defence ensured that the team saw out the sort of victory that title challengers must. It is now eight clean sheets from nine in games that Stones and Dias have started together, with Chelsea's consolation at Stamford Bridge the only time they have been breached. The squad have never looked stronger this season and their prospects of success never brighter; they are into the top four for the first time and sit four points off new leaders United with a game in hand. A trip to Anfield for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men at the weekend can only help the Blues. A seven-game winning streak and 14-game unbeaten run in all competitions add to the sense that something special is being built again at the Etihad. Phil Foden scores for Manchester City against Brighton Raheem Sterling came on for the final ten minutes to overtake Lionel Messi as the player Guardiola has used most during his managerial career - and miss a late penalty to make things safe - but the night belonged to the man he replaced. Foden could take an early rest safe in the knowledge that his place in the team for the next game is surely secure after an all-action performance that included spells leading the line and on the right wing. City's 20-year-old will know that he cannot let those high standards that have been drilled into him drop, but it appears that the message has been heard loud and clear. As long as he continues to make things look as easy on the pitch, Foden will have a long career with Guardiola, Southgte, City and England ahead of him.

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UK Phil Foden makes his point to Guardiola and doubters in front of England manager last minute news


UK Phil Foden makes his point to Guardiola and doubters in front of England manager last minute news


UK Phil Foden makes his point to Guardiola and doubters in front of England manager last minute news


UK Phil Foden makes his point to Guardiola and doubters in front of England manager last minute news

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