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Guardiola praises ‘aggressive’ Foden following his first start in a month

Despite the disappointing draw, Phil Foden was among Man City’s best against Nottingham Forest

Phil Foden got his first start in a month against Nottingham Forest. Manchester City boss Guardiola hailed his “aggressive” display in their 1-1 draw against Nottingham Forest.

Foden has to ‘compete’ with everyone, Guardiola claims

It might have not been a good day for Man City in general as they lost the top spot in the league to Arsenal again, but Phil Foden got his first start in four games.

“He played really good,” Guardiola said. “First half he was so aggressive against [Renan] Lodi and he arrived many times to the byline.

“Still he didn’t have the poise or composure that he had because it’s normal, because he didn’t play much.

“Everything today was so aggressive and he played really good.”

Guardiola insisted that Foden, alongside a number of Man City, players has to compete in order to get minutes.

“Everything today was so aggressive and he played really good.”

“He has to compete with everyone else,” Guardiola said. “He trained really well with the other players. The competition is for them.

“What I have to say is don’t be frustrated, perform as best as possible. And after that it will be easy.”

Guardiola lamented the points they dropped, even though they managed to create dangerous situations.

“When I see expected goals after the game and the way we played and the chances we concede or create, always we are there, we are on top,” he said.

“Arsenal played really good but they shot one shot or two chances in general. We try to play to create more chances, not concede goals and be as stable as a team. In general we have been there most of the games.

“I don’t think we got what we deserved but football is not about getting what you deserve. At the end, you have to score the goals.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.


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