Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola has backed Phil Foden to do his talking on the pitch after a controversial tweet was posted by his social media company directed at Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) striker Kylian Mbappe.
Foden played a starring role in Man City’s Uefa Champions League quarterfinal victory over Borussia Dortmund, scoring the winning goal in both legs.
But the 20-year-old was reportedly angered after the company controlling his accounts posted a tweet reading: “@Kmbappe are you ready,” looking ahead to the semi-final against PSG.
It was posted just moments after Foden had left the pitch in Germany on Wednesday and later deleted with Foden parting ways with the company responsible.
The England midfielder is currently enjoying the best spell of his career and Guardiola talked up the academy graduate at his press conference on Friday.
“It doesn’t matter what we’ve done. It’s what we have to do today. Today everybody is involved, talking and social media, but you have to talk on the grass. It’s the only way,” said Guardiola.
“Everything we get right now is on the grass, not in any other situations. He’ll continue being there depending on his performance, not what he’s done so far at an early age.”
In their quadruple quest, the Runaway Premier League leaders Man City’s next challenge is Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea at Wembley.
Guardiola said he will have no problem getting his side to re-focus after the emotional high of Wednesday’s victory.
He said: “It’s much, much easier. Imagine playing after not qualifying for the semifinal of the Champions League. It would be much tougher.
“Of course, I would love to have more days to enjoy our qualification, for recovery, and to prepare for the game, but the schedule is the schedule and when you are a contender in all competitions you have to handle this schedule.”
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By FARPost Reporter