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Sport Man City's Guardiola says Foden must not look to emulate De Bruyne

08:15  24 january  2021
08:15  24 january  2021 Source:   reuters.com

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De Bruyne is City ' s creator in chief, their Premier League assist king. Even in a campaign when the goal Guardiola has numerous options available to him as he looks to ensure City cope with the loss of Phil Foden has long been touted as the long-term successor to David Silva and was one of the

De Bruyne is City ' s creator in chief, their Premier League assist king. Even in a campaign when the goal Guardiola has numerous options available to him as he looks to ensure City cope with the loss of Phil Foden has long been touted as the long-term successor to David Silva and was one of the

(Reuters) - Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola played down expectations on young midfielder Phil Foden to fill the void left by injured playmaker Kevin De Bruyne, after the 20-year-old inspired them to a 3-1 FA Cup victory over Cheltenham Town on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola looking at the camera: FA Cup - Fourth Round - Cheltenham Town v Manchester City © Reuters/TOBY MELVILLE FA Cup - Fourth Round - Cheltenham Town v Manchester City

City looked to be heading out of the competition after Alfie May put fourth-tier Cheltenham ahead. But Foden equalised in the 81st minute before Gabriel Jesus and Ferran Torres struck to secure the team's passage to the fifth round.

Guardiola's side were without De Bruyne, who picked up a hamstring issue in Wednesday's 2-0 Premier League win over Aston Villa. The Spanish manager said the impressive Foden has to focus on being the best version of himself.

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Kevin De Bruyne and John Stones will not be available for selection against Wolves in the Premier League. Both are likely to return after the International break. Manager Pep Guardiola welcomes the Media to the City Football Academy, for the pre-match news conference.

Pep Guardiola did not see the point in sugar coating the news that Manchester City will be without Kevin De Bruyne for between four to six weeks with a hamstring injury. © Getty Images Phil Foden , Kevin De Bruyne , Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan.

"We have the players. Phil has to be Phil and not be Kevin De Bruyne because there is only one Kevin De Bruyne," Guardiola, who expects to be without Belgian De Bruyne for up to six weeks, told reporters.

"He needs to keep doing what he has been doing in terms of when we are in a bad moment or when we are losing in terms of what he gave to the game. Phil is in a great moment and with great confidence. He's clinical in front of goal.

"Phil can play in the middle, can play winger, can play in a false nine position up front. He's playing really well, again in the right moment he scored a goal."

City meet Swansea in the fifth round of the competition next month. They face West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Tuesday and can go top of the standings with a win.

(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by William Mallard)

Everton v Manchester City match rescheduled to Wednesday February 17 .
The match, initially set to be played in late December, will now take place on Wednesday February 17 at 8.15pm and will be shown on Amazon Prime. It comes amid a busy period for Pep Guardiola's men, who host Tottenham on February 13 and travel to Arsenal on February 21, while Everton entertain Fulham on February 14 before the Merseyside derby at Anfield on February 20.

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