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Man City Champions League win over Dortmund was the moment Phil Foden grew up, says Guardiola – Manchester Evening News

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Pep Guardiola believes that the Champions League quarter-final victory over Borussia Dortmund is the moment Phil Foden came of age for Manchester City.

The 20-year-old Blues star followed his late winner in the first leg last week with the clincher in the Westfalenstadion as the Blues came from behind to win 2-1 and set up a semi-final against Paris St Germain.

And, while Foden has been growing in stature and influence steadily since he made his City debut aged 17, Guardiola felt that those two games are a watershed moment for the youngster, who rushed across to celebrate with his manager after thrashing in the stunning winner.

Guardiola said: “You have the feeling that he is a guy who never hides. He always creates something.

“He is dynamic offensively, defensively with quality in the smaller spaces. He is learning right now not to take just one touch, he is able to make more touches when making decisions.

“He scored two important goals, the second goal in the Etihad and today helped us to be in the semi-final.”

Guardiola was told about Foden’s potential when he took over the reins at City in 2016 and has carefully nurtured his talent, despite the impatience of some critics.

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Manchester City are in the semi-finals of the Champions League after they came from behind to defeat Borussia Dortmund in Germany.

Jude Bellingham’s superb opener was cancelled out by second-half goals by Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden, and they’ll face Paris Saint-Germain for a place in the final in Istanbul.

City now turn their attentions to trying to reach the FA Cup Final when they take on Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday.

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That refusal to throw him in too early is paying dividends, bt Guardiola says Foden’s arrival on the big stage was never in doubt.

“We knew it from the beginning. He grew up. In the quarter-final of the Champions League, he was the important player to go through to play against PSG.”

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