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Guardiola says Foden is ‘player of the Season’ after Manchester derby heroics

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes Phil Foden has been the best player in the Premier League this season after his double in the Manchester derby.

Phil Foden scored twice in the second half as Manchester City came from behind to beat Manchester United 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium. This is the first time Manchester City has come from behind to beat Manchester United in the Premier League.

Pep Guardiola’s side now is unbeaten in their last 19 games and moves back within one point of leaders Liverpool.

Guardiola told Sky Sports: “We were not struggling, we were losing the game but not struggling. We had really good defensively and offensively. The first half was better than the second.”

The Spanish coach also hailed ‘world-class’ Foden after his double secured all three points for Manchester City.

Guardiola said: “Winning games is when you become a world class player. Everyone play good but you have to win games, and he wins games. What can I say?

He loves football. He lives to play. There are people who like to play. He loves to play football.

“He will already be a legendary player because in a short age, the games played, the minutes, the goals scored, the titles won and he is from the home and that is why the connection with the fans is unbelievable.

He is the player of the season, with all the respect for incredible players but no-one has been so decisive for us as him this season.”

Sam Barton
Sam Barton
Sam Barton fell in love with football during the 98 World Cup and has been fascinated by it ever since. The tactical side of the game is what truly inspires him to think, read and write about football, making him the ideal football writer.


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