Cape Town - Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has showered Phil Foden
with praise after the teenager impressed in the 2-1 win over Hoffenheim on
The 18-year-old midfielder has found game time hard to come
by since graduating from City's academy in 2017, but he was handed a rare start
in midweek against the German club.
Foden belied his age to put in a fine performance as
Guardiola's side fought back from a goal down to clinch victory, which saw them
qualify for the UEFA Champions League knockout stages as Group F winners.
Guardiola admits it hasn't been easy for the England youth
international to establish himself at the Etihad Stadium given the quality
ahead of him in the squad, but the Spanish coach has no doubts about his
"In general, Phil was incredible," Guardiola said
in his post-match press conference. "I don't think I will ever have doubts
about the guy.
"It's the way he fights with the ball - he is not
skinny, he is really, really strong. He is a huge talent. England have a
"I know it is not easy to play in the big clubs. He has
to compete in a good way with David Silva, Bernardo [Silva] and Kevin De
Bruyne. But he is incredible in the training sessions every day.
"Against a German team it is so demanding, and he
played like a real man."
Commenting on his outing against TSG, Foden told BT Sport:
"I enjoyed it - to get 90 minutes under my belt. I'm trying to take [the]
chance when I can, we got off to slow start but got the win and that's what
"I've got my contract and I'm trying to settle, keep my
head down and take my chance when it comes. I'm still young, learning every day
and enjoying every minute of it."