Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Pep Guardiola compares Phil Foden to Lionel Messi and makes a bold claim

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Manchester City will be up against Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League final on the 29th of May. It’s an all-English affair yet again on the continental stage as two Premier League heavyweights go head to head.

The match will be played out at Porto after Covid 19 regulations forbade it from happening in Istanbul. It promises to be a brilliant match between two great teams and two footballing masterminds.

The citizens have had a dream run up until now in the UEFA Champions League. They’ve successfully managed to overcome Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint Germain in the quarter-finals and semi-finals.

Moreover, with the impeccable record Pep Guardiola has in finals they will be feeling confident. Additionally, the boost they will have received having lifted the Premier League trophy just a week ago will be immense.

Phil Foden along with Kyle Walker and John Stones.

However, they must remain quary of this Chelsea side. They are a tough nut to crack and Thomas Tuchel has already shown that to Pep Guardiola. Chelsea has defeated Manchester City both times under Thomas Tuchel.

First in the FA Cup semifinal and then in the Premier League the following week. Hence up until now, Thomas Tuchel has the upper hand but that can change come Saturday night.

Pep Guardiola says Phil Foden has the quality of Lionel Messi

Phil Foden has been absolutely incredible this season. The Manchester City youngster has really come to the forefront of the team this season. The English international has turned into a real game-changer under Pep Guardiola.

Phil Foden has easily had his best season in Manchester City colors. He’s helped the team to go on and win the Premier League and Carabao Cup and now possibly a first UEFA Champions League.

Pep Guardiola has recently revealed about his thoughts on comparing Phil Foden with Lionel Messi. The coach says he’s never seen a player at Foden’s age more talented and skillful.

Back in 2019, Pep Guardiola in a press conference said that Phil Foden was the most talented footballer he had ever met. That’s quite high praise from a man who’s won everything in club football.

“Well, the best is Messi, first. Second, I didn’t meet Leo Messi at 17-years-old like I met Phil (Foden), and that age, I’ve never seen a player with this potential.”

“I have said many times in press conferences, but maybe not said it in front of him, Phil is the most, most, most talented player I have ever seen in my career as a manager. His only problem is sometimes his manager doesn’t put him in the starting XI. Hopefully in the future that can improve.”

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