Pep Guardiola hails Phil Foden's 'special ability' after spectacular solo goal helped secure victory over Newcastle... as Man City boss reveals he told the starlet to 'accept the highs and lows' before return to form
- Pep Guardiola revealed he urged Phil Foden to relax after dip in form this season
- Foden found himself outside of starting XI for first time since breaking through
- But 22-year-old has returned in style, scoring four times in his last three games
- Starlet opened the scoring with a dazzling run and finish in vital win at the Etihad
Phil Foden underlined his return to form with a spectacular solo goal after getting a pep talk from Pep Guardiola.
The Manchester City manager urged his 22-year-old talent to relax after suffering the first dip of his career.
And on Saturday the gifted midfielder, now back as a starting player, took his goal tally to four in three games after scoring the opener in a 2-0 win against Newcastle by dribbling past four opponents.
'Phil has a special ability but he needs the confidence to do it,' explained Guardiola.
'He's been with us since 17-years-old getting better and better but there is always moment you go down and you have to accept it, not blaming anyone else.
Pep Guardiola revealed he gave Phil Foden a pep talk following his dip in form this season
Foden found himself on the bench of England's first two games of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar
'I spoke to him that he has to accept the highs and lows and step-by-step he will be back and scoring goals.
'What happens to him can happen for everyone. The bad moments, they shall pass.'
Foden revealed he'd felt at his lowest ebb earlier in the season after failing to get much gametime at the World Cup and losing his place at City after starting to play more conservatively amidst issues with an ankle injury.
But 22-year-old underlined his return to form with a solo goal in Man City's win over Newcastle
But it was the best of Foden who swept past Newcastle's backline at The Etihad to score via a deflection off Sven Botman.
'It was aggressive, the Phil we know. He was going against players even though he was lucky at the end with the deflection,' added Guardiola.'
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