Fans have taken to social media to praise Phil Foden after his role in Manchester City’s win over Atletico Madrid.
Manchester City would receive Atlético de Madrid at the Etihad on Tuesday night.
The two European powerhouses met in the first of two Champions League quarter-final matches. The second leg will be played at the Wanda Metropolitano on Wednesday 13the of April.
To reach the quarter-finals, Manchester City beat Sporting, while Atlético edged out Manchester United.
As a result, the Sky Blues seemed to be clear favorites for this game.
And Manchester City, unsurprisingly, utterly dominated possession with Atletico more than happy to sit back, absorb the pressure and then try to hammer the home team on the counter. This is something the Spanish had some luck with during the opening stages of the 45 seconds in particular.
0 – Atletico Madrid have not had a single shot so far tonight, this being the first time they have had zero shots in the first half of a #UCL game since game-by-game shot data is available for the competition (2003-04). Tentative. #MCIATM
-OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 5, 2022
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Phil Foden to the rescue
However, Manchester City would eventually break the deadlock when substitute Phil Foden brought in Kevin De Bruyne, who outplayed Jan Oblak:
All Man City needed was Phil Foden on the pitch.
80 seconds after entering, unlock Atletico’s defense to set up Kevin De Bruyne!
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 5, 2022
After setting up De Bruyne for the key goal less than two minutes after coming on and continuing to cause problems for Atletico, fans have been raving about Foden on social media.
And many have gone so far as to label Phil Foden as the best young English talent:
foden best young english?
– l0okie (@LayInck) April 5, 2022
Foden is so fucking special I can’t say it enough. The best young English talent I have ever seen.
— jay (@JAYD_1988) April 5, 2022
Foden is the best young English player of his generation
— Hunch. (@tony_jnr_jnr) April 5, 2022
Phil Foden is an absolute joke. The best English player we are going to have ever seen.
—Matthew Jones (@MatthewJonesss) April 5, 2022
Foden is more of a 100m player than Grealish. He is the best English young player by far.
-Abiola (@Biyo_lar) April 5, 2022
Foden is the best english talent by farrrrrrr
—ZJ (@Zak_J2) April 5, 2022
Foden is the best English talent since Rooney and no one will tell me otherwise. The guy is a complete filth.
— Jack Pilling (@JackkPilling) April 5, 2022
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