PHIL FODEN left SIX Paris Saint-Germain players in his wake with an extraordinary dribble in the Parc des Princes.
And Joleon Lescott hailed the Manchester City marvelous as ‘more important than Kevin De Bruyne’.
This run from Phil Foden.
The speed, the balance, the grace pic.twitter.com/sWgbyTKlvd– Football on BT Sport April 28, 2021.
With 87 minutes on the clock in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final, Ruben Dias dispossessed Neymar 10 yards inside the PSG half.
Livewire Foden, 20, picked the ball up and had something on his mind.
Utilizing his rate, balance and sublime close control, he avoided far from the toppling Neymar in addition to Danilo Pereira who missed his take on.
Ander Herrera, Alessandro Florenzi, Marquinhos and Presnel Kimpembe all tried their finest to stop the England star.
However none might get close enough to stop him bearing down on objective.
Foden did handle to get a shot away from 18 backyards but could not direct his effort either side of Keylor Navas for what would have been an excellent solo goal.
He also fired straight at the PSG goalkeeper late on in the first half as City chased after an equaliser.
Foden managed to get all three of his shots on target and had a 95 percent pass accuracy while goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez made sure a 2-1 away win for Pep Guardiola’s men.
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Phil Foden vs. PSG:.
100% shot accuracy (3/3).
100% take-on success (3/3).
95% pass precision.
6 ball healings.
5 duels won.
1 opportunity produced.
Another great screen from the 20-year old. ⭐ pic.twitter.com/whCtzlolo0– Squawka Football April 28, 2021.
However even before his performance, the academy graduate was earning plenty of kudos from the BT Sport pundits – with Lescott numeration he is more essential than his ₤ 300,000-a-week team-mate De Bruyne.
The ex-City defender said: “I would argue that Phil is the most important gamer in the team.
” In the club, you would state Kevin De Bruyne, he has actually got the contract to suggest that, however on present type and impact in games, Phil Foden for me is the most essential player.
” He contributes a lot to the group moving forward, his energy, he leads the line with work-rate off the ball and his quality in ownership is second to none.”.
Owen Hargreaves reckons De Bruyne is still No1 but fasted to highlight Foden’s impact.
The two-time Champions League winner added: “I think anybody can see he is fabulous, his final product is so excellent.
” His result on the video game is remarkable, and 14 goals and nine helps for a young man is scary.
” He can obviously play in a lot of different positions. That is what he is excellent at, constantly checking his shoulder, and he has that bit of magic in him.
” I think to the point now where you speak about the most crucial player in Manchester City’s group, it is Kevin De Bruyne I think.
” However I think Phil has made today to the point where Raheem Sterling is on the bench, that Phil Foden is the one they are seeking to for the big goals like he scored against Dortmund.”.
Joe Hart joined in the praise and thinks the 3 Lions talent is playing football with complete liberty today.
He stated: “He is tidy, his rhythm is good is proficient at the minute.
” Football can appear a truly, actually difficult game at times, however he is absolutely in a moment now where, when he is putting his boots on he is not considering anything else other than how he is going to impact the game and people getting him the ball.”.
Marquinhos gave PSG the ideal start with his early header however City resisted in an excellent second half.
De Bruyne’s cross went all the way in before the hosts’ wall parted for Mahrez’s free-kick and Idrissa Gueye saw red all within 13 minutes.
PSG must score a minimum of twice at the Etihad next Tuesday to have any possibility of stopping Foden and City reaching the final.
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