Pep Guardiola corrects Phil Foden after Man City derby win comments
Pep Guardiola has told Phil Foden he was wrong to suggest Manchester City’s dominant derby display was “the game of our lives”.
The 21-year-old Blues star was bubbling after the 2-0 win over Manchester United and told a TV interviewer: “I think we had the game of our lives today.
“Everything went right for us. We dominated the match from start to finish which is really good.”
City won 2-0 and were denied more goals by some remarkable David De Gea saves, and the denial of a clear penalty shout.
The stats showed they had completely controlled the game, with 68 per cent possession and 16 shots to five, while United had as many shots at De Gea as they had at City’s Ederson, including Eric Bailly’s own goal.
But Guardiola gently rebuked Foden for claiming that the performance was about as good as it can get, and told the same interviewer there was “more to come”.
Asked later how he felt City could improve on such a complete display, Guardiola said it was a message to his young star.
“Phil said today that it was the game of their lives,” explained Foden.
“I said that Phil is too young, there’s more to come. That’s a message to Phil. He will live, fortunately, many more.”
But the manager said he understood why Foden had reacted the way he did.
He had said in the run-up to the game that he remains detached from derby fervour because he has to stay “cold” and focused on the job in hand, but that he appreciated the derby match meant more to people steeped in the club.
“For Phil it is special because he is a City fan,” said Guardiola.
“For the people who are City these type of games I know are important. Before we have to prepare, be calm, not too much emotion. “Prepare the game, must be played. But afterwards when you have success, or you play good and win the game you have to celebrate it with your City neighbours.”