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Phil Foden: Dortmund goals the most important of my career

Phil Foden believes the two goals he scored in the Champions League quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund are the most important of his Manchester City career.

The Academy graduate was on target in both the home and away leg as Pep Guardiola’s side won 4-1 on aggregate to reach the last four for only the second time in the Club’s history.


With 16 goals to his name, Foden has been in superb form in front of goal throughout the campaign and is hoping that can continue as City bid to make more history by lifting the Champions League for the first time with victory over Chelsea on Saturday.

“In the past we have struggled to get past those stages,” he said.

“To score two important goals for the team, I know how much it meant for us going forward.

“I would definitely have to say they are my most important goals. I just want to keep going and hopefully take it into the final.

“I am going to go into the final the same way as any other game, just smiling and let’s see how it goes.

“Nothing is going to change with how I prepare, everything is going to be the same.”

It has been something of a coming-of-age season for Foden, whose growing influence has seen him establish himself as one of City’s most impressive performers.

He is still only 20 – turning 21 on the eve of the final – and his development to this point has been carefully managed by Guardiola.

Widely considered to be a generational talent, it may seem like his journey to the biggest game in club football has been seamless, but Foden has had to be patient in the first team environment.

The midfielder has reaped his rewards with superlative form this season and he says that is a product of both his and the manager’s efforts.

“Some days you get up and your tired and you feel a bit down, but they are the days that if you work hard you are going to develop,” he added.

“I was always determined to get up and train every day no matter how I felt.

“I just kept believing in myself and trusting the manager and this year has been really good for me.”

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