Pep Guardiola praised Phil Foden, stating he hasn’t seen many players who can move as sharply as a knife, emphasizing Foden’s exceptional agility.
In West London, the 23-year-old secured his second Premier League hat-trick, propelling Manchester City to a 3-1 victory over Brentford after initially trailing. This win elevated City above Arsenal on goal difference, positioning them just two points behind leaders Liverpool with a game in hand.
Foden, emerging as a crucial player this season after last year’s injury setbacks, boasts 14 goals and 9 assists in all competitions. Monday night’s performance highlighted his talent, leading Pep Guardiola to acknowledge that he has encountered few players like Foden in his managerial career with Barcelona and Bayern.
“In terms of how he moves in small spaces, I’ve seen many players [who are] really good but the impact from Phil when he gets the ball there, he can score. The feeling that he can shoot or make an assist, it’s difficult to find this combination to move in the pockets and after be like a knife and be so aggressive and score goals. I’ve seen few.” Said Pep Guardiola.
“Phil is having his most influence on the team. He’s reading the game really well, how he can play simple and be more aggressive. He always has the pleasure to score goals and the threat when he is close to the 18-yard box. He is an exceptional player. A short age, already more than 250 games for City. That means the influence since he arrived.