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Pep Guardiola hails ‘important’ Phil Foden and says the City star can play many positions

Pep Guardiola praises ‘important’ Phil Foden … and says the Manchester City star is too good a footballer to play a single role after two goals and help in the win over Brighton


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Pep Guardiola praised Phil Foden with two goals last night and said the 21-year-old Englishman is too good a footballer to be pigeonholed in one position.

Foden was used as a false nine against Brighton and Guardiola was asked about the attacker’s best position.

In response, the Manchester City manager said: ‘There are players who play in a position and players who play football.

Phil Foden scored twice himself and assisted another in Manchester City's 4-1 win

Phil Foden scored twice himself and assisted another in Manchester City’s 4-1 win

“What it means to play soccer is that they can play in any position. They understand the game.

‘Unfortunately in the last games he had many opportunities in front of the goalkeeper.

‘At Anfield today, in front of the goalkeeper, he did not make good decisions because he is too young. You will learn a lot. The moment you take another step, you will score more goals.

‘It is not a problem. It doesn’t matter what position you play in. Play Well. Sometimes we need it here, there, to the right, to the left, it doesn’t matter. It is important ‘.

Pep Guardiola believes Foden will only get better as his development continues

Pep Guardiola believes Foden will only get better as his development continues

Pep Guardiola believes Foden will only get better as his development continues

The 21-year-old was a constant thorn in Brighton's side and said he was enjoying his role.

The 21-year-old was a constant thorn in Brighton's side and said he was enjoying his role.

The 21-year-old was a constant thorn in Brighton’s side and said he was enjoying his role.

The City players warmed up wearing ‘We are with you, Guido’ jerseys.

It was in tribute to Guido De Pauw, the 63-year-old fan who was attacked after the club’s 5-1 Champions League victory over Club Brugge on Tuesday. He remains in a coma but in stable condition.

Brighton also paid tribute to Guido before kick-off at Amex Stadium.

The home fans, even with 3-0 against, did not abandon their team. They did their part to encourage the team to attack in the second half, which they did.

Guardiola said that Foden is too good a footballer to be pigeonholed in one position

Guardiola said that Foden is too good a footballer to be pigeonholed in one position

Guardiola said that Foden is too good a footballer to be pigeonholed in one position

Brighton boss Graham Potter said: ‘They didn’t put us on our backs. They were tremendous.

‘The players gave it their all. Of course it is disappointing to lose. We have to say that Manchester City were better, but our performance was something to be proud of.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the team. It’s not easy to play with these kinds of opponents. ‘

On Foden, Potter added: ‘It’s very, very, very difficult. He is not just a boy. He has an amazing team in full swing with him. So you have the individual quality, but also a fantastic team structure. ”

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