Phil Foden confident in City's success, praises teammates and Guardiola

"It’s possible but I think it’s going to be harder to do it this year than last year, if that makes sense, because a lot more teams want to beat us.”

by Sead Dedovic
Phil Foden confident in City's success, praises teammates and Guardiola
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After the best season in the history of the club, Manchester City entered the new season with equally big ambitions. Pep Guardiola's team wants to make the same successes this season. Although they are aware that a challenging task awaits them, the Manchester City team is optimistic that they can achieve great results. Phil Foden improved year by year and became one of the most important players of this team. The young English international is well aware of the strength of other clubs, but there is no doubt that City has the quality to repeat the same.

"I think it’s realistic now it’s been done by us."- Foden said to CNN, as reported by Eurosport

"We know what it takes, but it’s so hard because there are so many great teams out there. Every game we play out there seems to be a challenge because everyone wants to beat us, because we’re the best."

City is now a team that many teams want to beat. When you are such a great team, your opponents have more motivation to win.

"It’s possible but I think it’s going to be harder to do it this year than last year, if that makes sense, because a lot more teams want to beat us.”

After a long break, Kevin de Bruyne is back. The fans of this club believe that it will be a crucial moment for Manchester City. The lack of such a player can be felt at any moment. Foden had only words of praise for his teammate. Many consider the Belgian currently the best creative midfielder in the world.

De Bruyne has shown season after season that City are not the same team when he is not there. He was a key player of this team in the seasons before us. Kevin is someone who is expected to lead the team in the right direction this season and to try to repeat the same success.

"Kevin, for me, when he’s at it, is one of the best players in the world. I don’t think anyone can play the game the way he does, the things he sees. To have him back is a massive boost for us and hopefully we can play together because it’s a pleasure to play with him. He always finds me in good areas and I always find him as well. We work well as a team so it’s great to have him back."

Phil Foden said he wants Pep Guardiola to keep being his coach because Pep has helped him a lot. When Foden first joined the first team, he was nervous playing with really good players. But after training a lot, he got used to it.

"I was very nervous. I was training with the first team and I thought this standard is too high, I don’t know how I’m going to play in a team like this with all these superstars."

Phil Foden on Pep Guardiola

When you are such a young player, you always have self-doubt and uncertainty about your future. However, Foden is a huge talent, and Guardiola immediately recognized his qualities. Phil gave his maximum, and the Spaniard rewarded him for it.

Pep Guardiola and Phil Foden
Pep Guardiola and Phil Foden© Michael Regan / Getty Images Sport

Foden mentioned that Pep taught him important things, especially about staying humble. Foden thinks Pep is humble too, and he expects the players to be humble as well. Foden feels more confident when Pep gives him positive feedback.

Pep Guardiola, in addition to being a great coach, is also a great psychologist. His way of communicating with the players is really impressive. This is one of the reasons why Guardiola became a coach whom many respect and only have words of praise for. Although there is a fear that the Spaniard will soon leave the English club and return to where it all began (Barcelona), it seems that Pep has no such ambitions, at least not soon.

Foden also talked about how he's playing more in the middle of the field this season. He likes it because it's similar to how he played in the Academy, and he always liked playing in midfield.

In his junior days, Foden was one of the greatest players in English football. However, he knew what a challenge it was to play for City, which has many great players.

Guardiola knows how to recognize a player's position, and always strives for his players to play in their natural position. Foden surprised many with his performances season after season. Although he was underestimated at the beginning of his career, his qualities became clear to everyone. Given that he is 23 years old, only now is the best expected from Foden.