Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has today revealed that starlets Phil Foden and Brahim Diaz could both see playing time during his sides’s clash with Dutch outfit Feyenoord tomorrow night.
Pep Guardiola’s Citizens are set to welcome Feyenoord to the Etihad in the Champions League, with the Premier League leaders having already secured their place in the last 16 of the tournament.
City have earned victories in all 4 of their European fixtures to this point in the campaign, including impressive wins both home and away versus Napoli.
As such, rumours have been abundant over the last couple of days that Guardiola is set to ring the changes tomorrow night, with some of the club’s fringe players set to be given a chance to impress.
Guardiola was questioned on whether highly-regarded youngsters Phil Foden and Brahim Diaz could be handed their full debuts for City during his pre-match press conference today, and, after claiming that both are ‘ready’, the former Barcelona boss hinted that he could spring a ‘surprise’ with their inclusion:
‘They are two young players training this season. What I saw in the pre-season, the training, the World Cup, they are ready. Here in the high level we try and help the young players. They’ve shown me the same we saw when they played in the second and third team. The skills and quality are there.’
‘We can help them with speed because the lack of time is higher so Phil has to fight duels against Kevin De Bruyne, against Fernandinho, against David Silva. Every day is a step to improve.’
‘Years ago, people had more time to think. Now it is reduced. Everything is quicker. The players are faster in all senses, physically and mentally. I said in pre-season, those guys will train with us all season. They have to be ready. Sometimes the manager makes a surprise.’