Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has lavished praise on Phil Foden and believes the midfielder is part of an ‘incredible generation’ of English talent.
The teenager has struggled for opportunities under Guardiola so far this season but was handed a start during the club’s Champions League victory over Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday night, providing an assist for Gabriel Jesus and netting his side’s fourth in a comfortable victory over the Croatian side.
Guardiola was full of praise for the 19-year-old following his performance, describing the academy graduate as ‘incredibly dangerous’ when given a licence to attack defenders, though admitted he still ‘has to learn’ when operating in deeper areas.
“[Foden was] So good,” the Man City boss said at his post-match press conference in Croatia.
“I think he’s a player who is more dangerous closer to the box than away from the box. He still has to learn a bit away from the box.
“When he played close to the box, attacking central defenders, he was incredibly dangerous, he played really well.”
Guardiola also admitted that England’s new generation of creative talent can deliver plenty of success over the course of the next decade.
“The way you play in England is a bit different [to Spain],” Guardiola continued.
“But now young players at Chelsea, Mount for example, are quite similar. One-on-one, creating more spaces.
“England have an incredible generation for the young players, the next decade England has incredible players and it’s good for the country.”
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