Phil Foden admits he want to improve one aspect of his game

Pep Guardiola hails Phil Foden’s remarkable improvement this Season

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has singled out Phil Foden for high praise, emphasizing the midfielder’s remarkable improvement this season.

Following a dominant 4-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion, Guardiola lauded Foden’s evolution, highlighting his exceptional performance and development over recent years.

During his latest press conference ahead of Manchester City’s upcoming Premier League clash against Nottingham Forest, Guardiola commended Foden’s significant progress.

He said: “I said many times. Phil has a sixth gear, but he cannot play all the time in the sixth gear. Sometimes with the second and the third [is fine] and I think with the time, he will learn that.

“Against Brighton was much better than the two or three games before. Everything is one [action] too quick.

“But football has to say, sometimes slower to make quicker in order to surprise the opponent, and at Brighton he was really good and the movement happened at the right moment.

“He attacked when he needed to help to attack, but it’s a question of time, he will understand the game through years and experiences.

“That he loves to play and of course the sense of what is there, and his work ethic is unbelievable.

“How he runs and presses and in that time we are really pleased and happy for him and congratulate him and hopefully he goes into the last month we have ahead of us and he doesn’t stop.

“I would love to go in sixth gear every single action. But after, you are less precise. If you are in sixth gear and lose the ball all the time that is not effective.

“Sometimes you have to reduce the moment and he has to know when he has to be aggressive and has to be more calm.

“But this is a question of time. He improved a lot in that terms from the beginning of the season and the previous seasons.”

The midfielder, aged 23, has demonstrated exceptional growth throughout the current campaign, markedly enhancing his contribution to the team.

Last season, Foden started 22 out of 32 Premier League games, amassing 11 goals and six assists. This season, he has started 29 out of 31 matches, netting an impressive 16 goals and providing seven assists.

Notably, Foden has also improved his passing accuracy, reflecting his enhanced ability to retain possession effectively.

Guardiola’s remarks underscore Foden’s instrumental role in Manchester City’s pursuit of a fourth consecutive Premier League title.

With his notable improvement evident in his prolific goal contributions this season, Foden continues to establish himself as a pivotal figure within Guardiola’s formidable squad.

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