The moment Phil Foden stood up to Pep Guardiola in X-rated bust-up and convinced the Man City boss over his personal growth
- The moment when Phil Foden stood up to Pep Guardiola has been revealed
- Foden clash with the Man City boss during a match against Porto in Europe
- The incident is said to have convinced Pep over Foden’s personal growth
A heated moment between Phil Foden and Pep Guardiola is said to have convinced the Man City boss over the England star’s personal growth, according to reports.
Foden has been the topic of conversation in recent weeks, with many expecting the England international to play a major role in City’s side this year.
Last season, Foden played a bit part role for the Treble winners but could now be offered a more senior position after the exit of Riyad Mahrez.
And, according to The Telegraph, Foden will have the backing of manager Pep Guardiola – who became convinced of his personal growth after an incident in 2020.
The outlet claim that, during a Champions League tie against Porto, Guardiola lambasted Foden for not taking a free-kick in the manner he wanted.
A heated incident between Phil Foden (left) and Pep Guardiola (right) is said to have benefitted the City boss’ perception on his winger
Reports say Foden took a free-kick in the wrong manner, leading to Guardiola’s frustrations
‘F—— hell Phil! F—— hell!’ screamed the City manager. ‘You haven’t done what I said!’
Foden was left frustrated by Guardiola’s comments and, at the final whistle, fired back at his first-team coach.
‘Don’t ever do that to me again!’ Foden said. ‘You wouldn’t do that to other players.’
The outlet claim that Guardiola apologised immensely and called a meeting with the player the next day to apologise in-front of the rest of the squad.
Guardiola had been waiting for a sign that Foden was willing to stand up for himself and the clash after the Porto match was a sign that he had grown as a person.
The City boss used the incident to identify that Foden was no longer the young boy who came through the club’s academy and, instead, was becoming a man.
That season did prove to be somewhat of a coming-of-age for Foden, as he recorded his best tally (at the time) of nine goals and five assists in the league.
He managed to repeat that output in 2021-22 before bettering it last season – with an impressive return of 11 goals and five assists in the league.
Despite his successes, questions over Foden’s suitability have been raised recently – such as when Jamie Carragher queried where he fits in the City system.
The England international was consigned to a place on the bench for the Community Shield
Speaking on The Overlap, Carragher said: ‘Phil Foden is not young anymore. Three or four years ago, we were saying he was going to be the best English player.
‘It almost feels like Jude Bellingham has become that player, where he’s the one we build this England team around. Foden can’t quite get in the England team and can’t get in the Manchester City team.
‘Ilkay Gundogan and Riyad Mahrez have left, and they’re playing in the Community Shield a week before the season begins, and he still can’t get in the starting XI.
‘We all know how good he is – what is it that’s stopping him? Pep played Alvaréz behind Haaland – that’s a position where Foden could play, but he still doesn’t play him.’
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