Guardiola hails Foden’s mentality ahead of West Ham trip

Pep Guardiola says Phil Foden has the mentality to become one of the best players in world football.

The 23-year-old started the domestic campaign in sparkling fashion and produced a Man-of-the-Match performance in our 1-0 win over Newcastle at the Etihad Stadium in August.

As a result of his showings in sky blue, he was included in Gareth Southgate’s most recent England squad for matches with Ukraine and Scotland.

And his wonderful form continued on the international stage by scoring in the Three Lions’ impressive 3-1 victory over Steve Clarke’s side at Hampden Park.

As the resumption of the Premier League comes into focus, with City travelling to West Ham on Saturday 16 September, Guardiola is hoping Foden can pick up from where he left off in the capital.


And the Catalan believes the 23-year-old’s willingness to improve and adapt his game is hugely beneficial to the Club.

“First of all, we cannot be one of the best if your mentality isn’t wanting to be one of the best” Guardiola explained.

“This is so important when you have a target to climb, everything starts with that belief. The second one I have an unbelievable relationship with Gareth [Southgate].

“It looks like I disagree with him, but I completely agree with him. In the fact when you play outside it's a different role but he knows I know Phil can play all positions in the front, in the middle, right left and the pockets.

“Gareth has responsibility without the ball you need to be really smart to read what happened in every moment. It's important Phil can play in the five positions in the front without a problem and it’s a big advantage.

“I saw the friendly against Scotland, he started playing on the right and move. Players move. It’s not a big issue but when he plays high up the defensive responsibilities are less.

“He grew up with it and has the mentality to become one of the best. He has the mentality to improve and to listen. It’s a big advantage to us.”

Watch Guardiola’s full pre-West Ham press conference in the video player above.