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Man City boss Guardiola urges Phil Foden to be himself, not Kevin De Bruyne

Man City boss Guardiola urges Phil Foden to be himself, not Kevin De Bruyne

City see off Cheltenham

Manchester City were in FA Cup action on Saturday evening.

The Sky Blues made the trip to lower-league outfit Cheltenham, for what looked set to prove a straightforward victory.

However, Cheltenham, to their credit, set up well, and gave City a run for their money.

The home side even took the lead in the clash, through Alfie May in the 59th minute.

In the end, though, the quality of Guardiola’s visitors shone through, as all of Phil Foden, Gabriel Jesus and Ferran Torres got their names on the scoresheet, to secure City’s passage into the next round.

Guardiola on Phil Foden

Foden proved one of City’s brightest sparks throughout the 90 minutes on Sunday.

This marked yet another solid display from the midfielder this season.

Foden, who has operated in various positions of late, has now notched nine goals and five assists for Man City in 2020/21.

In turn, with Kevin De Bruyne now sidelined, some fans may have been hoping that Foden would shoulder the creative burden in the Belgian’s absence.

However, Foden remains just 20 years of age, with it of course important not to put too much pressure on young stars.

As such, speaking post-Cheltenham, Pep Guardiola was keen to alleviate some of the pressure on his midfield prodigy, urging the Englishman to simply be himself, rather than attempt to emulate De Bruyne:

“We have the players. Phil has to be Phil and not be Kevin De Bruyne because there is only one Kevin De Bruyne. 

“He needs to keep doing what he has been doing in terms of when we are in a bad moment or when we are losing in terms of what he gave to the game.”

Quotes via Goal.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.