The young defender returned to the starting lineup this evening for the game against Liverpool, just two weeks since spending the night in hospital after a collision with Ederson during our 3-0 win over Arsenal.
Speaking at half-time with City 3-0 ahead against Liverpool, Begiristain, clearly impressed with Garcia’s return to action, said he believes the Spaniard is maturing into a fine player.
"Eric is a very intelligent boy - more than a boy,” He said. “He is a good character, a solid leader.
“He has been great and playing on the left side against a striker with so much pace like Mane, he has done very well."
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Begiristain was also impressed with Phil Foden, who scored his fourth goal since the resumption of Premier League football to make it 3-0 on the stroke of half-time.
It was a superb goal – finishing off a fine move that saw the youngster play a brilliant one-two with Kevin De Bruyne in the build up.
It topped off a classy all-round first-half performance from Foden – and Begiristain couldn’t hide his excitement.
"Phil's performance is top,” he said. “You can see the difficulty against a top team. It means he is already very mature.
“He has scored four goals since lockdown. It is very important for a midfielder."
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