Guardiola hails Phil Foden's versatility after Brighton demolition

Guardiola hails Phil Foden's versatility after Brighton demolition

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola praised Phil Foden once more after the midfielder's outstanding performance helped Manchester City defeat Brighton 4-1 at the Amex Stadium.

On the south coast, the Cityzens were at their electrifying best, responding to Chelsea's big 7-0 triumph earlier in the day with a statement win of their own.

City's Ilkay Gundogan scored the game's first goal, but it was Foden's quick-fire brace that put the game out of Brighton's reach barely half an hour later.

Foden's flexibility to play wherever in midfield or attack was noted by a pleased Guardiola after the final whistle, and he also laid on Riyad Mahrez's stoppage-time fourth, concluding another brilliant performance in the role of false nine.

“Some players play in one position, some play football,” Guardiola remarked to the club's official website, when asked about Foden's ability to adapt and play in different areas.

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“The question is it doesn't matter where he plays, he plays good. It doesn't matter. What is important is to understand the game… sometimes we need him right, left. It doesn't matter.

“Phil in dropped positions is maybe more dangerous because he is so young, but he has the quality to play in the final third."

The Spaniard added: “He can play striker, false nine, winger right and left. In the last games he has many chances and in front of the keeper didn't take right decisions because he is young but I am more than pleased with the performances he has given.

“I like him as a player. He gives us things we need at a times. He has quality to play this role. At Anfield, he played as a winger and was our important player.

“He is a midfield player with a lot of sense for goals, the only thing for Phil is to be calm on and off the pitch, because he is still young.”

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