Phil Foden Only Started Playing at Man City After My Advice To Guardiola, Aguero

Phil Foden Only Started Playing at Man City After My Advice To Guardiola, Sergio Aguero Has Claimed.

Sergio Aguero, a Manchester City icon, claims Pep Guardiola only started playing Phil Foden after being pushed to do so by the club’s all-time leading goalscorer.

Foden has developed into a significant player for the Premier League champions, tormenting Real Madrid in their Champions League semi-final victory on Tuesday.

After the game, Aguero praised Foden, describing the 21-year-old as his “prince charming.”

Aguero also admitted that he pushed Foden into Guardiola’s first-team plans by hounding him about the City academy graduate.

Speaking on TikTok, Aguero told his former team-mate, Mario Balotelli: “Listen to me, Foden started playing when I told [Guardiola]. I said on camera, ‘Pep, make Foden a starter’. Pep listened to me, and he did.”

Foden’s potential has always been apparent, but he was introduced into the senior fold gradually by Guardiola. 

And while the Spaniard drew criticism for his meticulous approach, it’s paid dividends for both City and England, with Foden now a bonafide star for both.

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Foden’s early goal in the second half was his ninth goal in Europe’s showpiece tournament – matching the previous Champions League record set by Wayne Rooney, who also bagged nine strikes before turning 22. 

Phil Foden is under no illusions over how tough City could have it when they travel to Madrid for the second leg next Wednesday. He added: “It is going to be an interesting second leg and we are going to have to control it more because we know that they can hurt us at any time with great players like Benzema who can score a goal out of nothing.

“The manager touched on it before the game that Real Madrid have won the Champions League so many times and they never seem to be out of the game, no matter what the score is.”

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