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Guardiola hails Foden's key impact from bench

Pep Guardiola paid tribute to the ‘special qualities' of Phil Foden after his introduction from the bench helped inspire City to a deserved 1-0 Champions League quarter-final first leg win over Atletico Madrid.

With the game goalless after a hard-fought first hour, the England international was summoned from the bench along with Jack Grealish and Gabriel Jesus.

And within four minutes, Foden’s vision helped create the all-important breakthrough as his deft pass created the space and opportunity for Kevin De Bruyne to fire home a crucial matchwinner.

“Phil has special qualities - his space in his first steps are massive and he had the composure to make an incredible assist for Kevin,” Guardiola reflected.

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“With Gabriel and Phil they could change the game when it was flat when they were a little bit more tired - Jack too with his quality.

“They did it and they were good.”

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