(Reuters) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola performed down expectations on younger midfielder Phil Foden to fill the void still left by wounded playmaker Kevin De Bruyne, after the 20-12 months-outdated impressed them to a 3-1 FA Cup victory about Cheltenham City on Saturday.
Metropolis looked to be heading out of the opposition after Alfie Might put fourth-tier Cheltenham in advance. But Foden equalised in the 81st moment before Gabriel Jesus and Ferran Torres struck to protected the team’s passage to the fifth round.
Guardiola’s facet had been with out De Bruyne, who picked up a hamstring difficulty in Wednesday’s 2- Leading League acquire more than Aston Villa. The Spanish supervisor explained the outstanding Foden has to focus on becoming the best edition of himself.
“We have the gamers. Phil has to be Phil and not be Kevin De Bruyne since there is only 1 Kevin De Bruyne,” Guardiola, who expects to be devoid of Belgian De Bruyne for up to six weeks, informed reporters.
“He needs to hold accomplishing what he has been accomplishing in terms of when we are in a lousy instant or when we are getting rid of in terms of what he gave to the video game. Phil is in a wonderful minute and with good confidence. He’s scientific in front of purpose.
“Phil can participate in in the center, can engage in winger, can play in a false nine position up entrance. He’s participating in seriously nicely, once again in the suitable minute he scored a target.”
City meet Swansea in the fifth round of the competition up coming thirty day period. They experience West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Tuesday and can go major of the standings with a win.
Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru Enhancing by William Mallard