PHIL FODEN loves the higher education Pep Guardiola offers – to make him Manchester City’s answer to Lionel Messi.
After setting up Kevin De Bruyne’s winner just 80 seconds after coming on as a substitute on Tuesday night 1-0 Champions League win over Atlético Madridearlier, former city Player Joleon Lescott said Foden is on his way to becoming the best England player of all time.
Ex-Manchester United centre-back Rio Ferdinand also called the 21-year-old “phenomenal”.
And Foden uses what he learns – in the position that has made Messi a legend of the Nou-Camp.
He said: “It was a new role to learn and I thought I played it well.
“Sometimes it was difficult when teams are five at the back and you don’t have a lot of space or time on the ball.
“I’ve enjoyed it and it’s one I’m still learning.
“Hopefully I can help the team. I had to learn a lot as I was always used to playing in midfield.
“The manager definitely helped me with that and told me where to be – in the right places at the right time.
“I’m learning it and all I can say is I enjoy it every week.
“I think you can play in many positions and that can help you as a footballer.
“I can play in midfield, left, right – and now up front – that will help me. I just enjoy the variety.
“I don’t really mind as long as I play and I enjoy it.
“I just want to score goals and help. Maybe the manager saw that – I always want to get on the pitch and score goals.
“So I’m trying to continue that and build on my goal tally.”
Foden’s record against it Liverpool speaks to his development since coming through City Academy – he has scored three goals in three games against Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Foden added: “I don’t think it has that much to do with Liverpool. I just think it’s a big game and I like playing in it.
“I like the pressure and I feel like I’m playing better. I want to express myself – and hopefully I can continue this record.”
With Champions City having a chance to move four points clear of their title rivals today, Foden is in an optimistic mood.
He said: “We’ve only lost one home game to Liverpool in 12 years in the Premier League. It’s a great thing and we can take confidence from it.
“When I was younger there was always a rivalry with Liverpool – and they have so many great English players too.”
City had gone 18 years without a win at Anfield until the 4-1 demolition job last season.
Foden played and scored in this game and he’s hungry for more.
He added: “It was definitely important to win at Anfield last season and now we feel like we can do it again at home.
“Being a man from Mancun helps, you know what the fans want – and I’m sure they’re going to be really loud and help us. With them behind me, I’m confident that we can win again.”
https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/18219488/phil-foden-man-city-role-pep-guardiola-lionel-messi/ Phil Foden is loving the new false nine role as Pep Guardiola, turning the English prodigy into Man City’s answer to Lionel Messi