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Guardiola cheers Phil Foden: "He's already a great, great player"

Guardiola: Foden already a great, great player

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Manchester City will be able to rely on Phil Foden for many years, said Pep Guardiola after the teenager's star showing in the EFL Carabao Cup.

Pep Guardiola described Phil Foden as a "great, great football player" after the teenager starred in Manchester City's EFL Carabao Cup win at Oxford United. Foden's superb crossfield pass helped to create the opening goal for Gabriel Jesus and he sent Riyad Mahrez clear to add the second for City in Tuesday's 3-0 win.

Manchester City's Phil Foden scores the team's third goal against Oxford.

Foden opens City account

And having missed a great chance from Danilo's cross, Foden struck home his first goal for the club in the second minute of added time to cap a memorable performance. Guardiola has already touted Foden for a senior England call-up and the Catalan coach was fulsome in his praise for the teenager after he opened his account.

Phil Foden celebrates his debut goal for City.

Phil Foden: a star is born

"He celebrated like it was his first goal," the City boss told reporters. "This guy is so special, a City fan and he loves the club. You see it in his behaviour and every single action. He is already a great, great football player. I don't remember [my first goal], I'm sure it was good but it was a long time ago. Phil, hopefully, it will be the first of many. The first goal too, an amazing assist - and the second. Manchester City have a player for the next years."

Pep Guardiola congratulates Foden after the game.

Foden lost for words after scoring debut goal

Foden made his case for more regular selection from Guardiola and the 18-year-old was thrilled to score his first goal for the club. "It's hard to put into words - it hasn't fully sank in - but I've dreamed about it," the player said. "Being a City fan, it's very special to me and I'm happy to help the team to win. Mostly in the Premier League I was dreaming of it but it's special in any competition. I ran off mad and it's a moment I'll never forget. I enjoy assisting as well as scoring and it's good to have both in my game. I'm learning every day from players like Kevin De Bruyne. I felt a little bit unfit but a massive 90 minutes. I would've liked it [the goal] to come much earlier but it's come now and it's a great feeling."

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