Guardiola claims ‘special’ City starlet has a ‘special quality’

Date published: Tuesday 19th October 2021 9:19 - Lewis Oldham

Man City head coach Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola has praised Manchester City youngster Cole Palmer after he got on the scoresheet against Club Brugge in the Champions League.

Man City faced Belgian side Club Brugge on Tuesday night in their latest Champions League group game.

The Premier League champions went into this game with three points from their two games. They beat RB Leipzig in their opening game before they lost to PSG.

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Man City ended up making light work of Club Brugge. They were 2-0 up at the break thanks to Joao Cancelo’s opener and a penalty from Riyad Mahrez.

Guardiola’s side were on the front foot in the second half as Mahrez got his second after Kyle Walker and Palmer had got on the scoresheet.

Palmer found the net via an impressive finish from the edge of the penalty area. This came moments after he had come off the bench for City.

Hans Vanaken scored a consolation for Brugge late on as the visitors ran out 5-1 winners. 

This result moved City to the top of Group A. They could be overtaken by PSG on Tuesday night as they host RB Leipzig at the Parc des Princes.

As reported by Manchester Evening News, Guardiola suggested that Palmer is a player “for the future” for City:

“Today we had 17 players so we don’t have enough. I think he’s going to stay this season with us,” Guardiola said.

“Cole has a special quality in front of the box that is difficult to find. When he has the ball there, most of them finish in the net. It is not easy to find it but I know how it works with young players in all countries.

“Be calm, be patient like we have done with Phil. His position is the second team – but at the same time he is training with us, taking the rhythm and the principles and of course he’s a player for the future for the club. I’m happy for the goal, he could have done a few actions a little bit better but it’s experience.

“When we can do it, we give the young players the opportunity.”

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