Pep Guardiola claims “angry” Phil Foden was inspired to star in the Carabao Cup final after watching Manchester City beat Real Madrid from the Bernabeu sidelines.
The 19-year-old will hopefully not heed some of the most ridiculous advice possible as he seeks to establish himself in the first team under Guardiola, who suggests watching one of City’s greatest European nights from the bench may have fired Foden up.
“From my experience when you play against Madrid it is so demanding physically, and then we have a final three or four days later,” he said.
“All the players who played against Madrid could have played against Villa but I thought I needed fresh, not just legs and mentally, but desire.
“I needed them angry and wanting to show me they should have played against Madrid, wanting to show how good they are.
“And they did it because I like them to play as much as possible.
“I’m not scared to put them into important games and I decide to do it. I have played games without strikers, and I have played a final with Phil because I see him every day.
“The only problem is Phil and other players maybe don’t have the minutes they they deserve. It is because of the squad and important players.
“Some players have more experience than Phil. That is something he doesn’t have as he’s 19. That is the only reason why but every time we decide to let him play, he always he plays good, at a high level.
“It’s not about how important the game is. I see them every day and I know which ones I can trust.”