Craig Burley lauds Man City’s ability to make numerous changes and still capture the Carabao Cup title.
MANCHESTER — Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said Phil Foden has the world at his feet after his man-of-the-match performance in the Carabao Cup final.
Foden has found opportunities hard to come by at the Etihad Stadium but starred in the 2-1 win over Aston Villa at Wembley. He has been linked with a first England call up for friendlies against Italy and Denmark and Guardiola said the 19-year-old is so good he can achieve “what he wants” in his career.
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“I want the best for him,” Guardiola said. “He will get what he deserves.
“Of course, I’m delighted about his performance and his behaviour in good moments and bad moments. Just think work and work and it always pays off.
“[He has to] improve and improve and improve. He is 19-year-old, you have a lot to improve but with his behaviour he can achieve whatever he wants.”
City lifted their third straight Carabao Cup on Sunday, but instead of taking time to celebrate the achievement, the players immediately turned their attention to the FA Cup fifth round tie against Championship side Sheffield Wednesday on Wednesday.
“I learn in the big clubs I was before that when they win a trophy they go and take a shower and think of the next,” Guardiola said. “It is so nice what we have done but we have another final [against Sheffield Wednesday].
“Away in the FA Cup is always difficult. We can go through quarterfinals and that is what we have to do.”
Sergio Aguero is fit to feature at Hillsborough despite taking a knock against Aston Villa. Leroy Sane made his return from a knee ligament injury in an appearance for the under-23s but is not in contention to make his first-team comeback.
“He [Sane] is not ready,” Guardiola said. “Six months out, he needs a process.
“When you start you feel good but he is doing the normal steps to come back, playing in the second time for 50 or 60 minutes.
“Now it is weeks and weeks and weeks and play in the second team. Maybe it will be easier to play in the Premier League than this cup competition. We need to win.”