Foden continues to push for Manchester City start as England international hails Raheem Sterling

Foden continues to push for Manchester City start as England international hails Raheem Sterling

Foden’s night

Foden’s sole goal was enough to see Manchester City push aside Olympiacos, qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League in the process.

Sterling found the England international with a brilliant spatially aware backheel, and the 20-year-old tucked away the chance comfortably.

“Sterling is a great player in those areas and somehow he saw me, pulled the backheel off. It’s great to play for him, so thanks for the assist,” said Foden.

“It feels really good to get the qualification done today, we’re looking forward to the next stage, but first of all, we need to finish off strong. I always love scoring for this club, I enjoy it a lot and I’m trying to score as many as possible.”

Pep Guardiola’s side have struggled to score goals in the Premier League this season, with Foden’s recent form putting increasing pressure on his manager to select him from the off domestically.

Guardiola remembers Maradona

Pep Guardiola took the opportunity after his side’s latest victory to speak about Diego Maradona’s passing, confirmed by Argentinian media this evening.

“First, I think about Sergio. His son, Diego was his grandfather,” said the former Barcelona midfielder, a club for whom Maradona of course also played.

“There was a banner in Argentina which says, “It doesn’t matter what you have done in your life, it matters what you have done in our lives.” Imagine what Maradona would have done in our generation of football.”

“There are few incredible players in our history, he’s one of them. He was someone who made this sport better. On behalf on Manchester City a big hug for all his family.”

Tributes have continued to flood in for the Argentina legend from across the footballing world, and will likely continue into the coming days.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.