‘He’s definitely ready’: Pep Guardiola insists Phil Foden can step up for injury hit Manchester City ahead of Lyon tie
- Pep Guardiola claimed Phil Foden is ‘definitely ready’ to step up for Man City
- The young star will likely start against Lyon in their Champions League clash
- Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva will all missed the game
Pep Guardiola claimed Phil Foden is ‘definitely ready’ to step up for Manchester City amid a midfield injury crisis.
Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva are all missing for Tuesday’s Champions League tie against Lyon.
Foden could step into the breach and Guardiola revealed he has no qualms throwing the 18-year-old in.
Pep Guardiola has insisted that Phil Foden is ‘definitely ready’ to step up for Manchester City
The City manager is suffering an injury crisis in midfield and could start Foden against Lyon
‘He’s definitely ready,’ Guardiola said. ‘When Phil appeared in the last pre-season game I was incredibly impressed and I think he’s stronger and more conscious that he’s able to play with us.
‘He played 20 minutes for the last game and was so aggressive with the ball and intense without it. I have the feeling that every time he played, he played good.
‘In pre-season or during the season, a few minutes or 90 minutes, he always plays good. He’s ready to play, he’s part of the squad.’
City will confirm qualification for the last 16 with a draw in Lyon and victory will see Guardiola’s side top the group.
Kevin De Bruyne (pictured), Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva will all miss Tuesday’s clash
Guardiola revealed he has no qualms throwing the 18-year-old into the fold on Tuesday night
Guardiola suggested he is not worried about critics who say the Premier League champions must win this competition to be considered great.
‘For the people who don’t love us too much then we have failed,’ he added. ‘I’m pretty sure our fans don’t have regrets for what these guys have been doing.
‘That is the best compliment, best success a team can have. We want to continue the level in the Premier League and arrive in the best condition possible. Try it again, why not? We want the last 16 and they know the competition speaks for itself.’