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Man City star Phil Foden is delighted with his return to form following “one of the lowest parts” of his career.
Foden stole the headlines in the club’s FA Cup victory over Bristol City, with the 22-year-old netting a brace in Tuesday’s 3-0 win.
Kevin De Bruyne also found the back of the net against the Championship outfit, with the visitors fielding a very strong side that included the likes of Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez and Nathan Ake, along with the aforementioned goalscorers.
Foden back after ‘one of the lowest parts’ of career
Like several Man City players, Foden finds himself in a constant battle for game time due to the star-studded squad that Pep Guardiola has assembled. The youngster is competing with fellow talents Mahrez, Silva, Julian Alvarez and Jack Grealish for regular playing time.
Despite his youth and inexperience, Foden is the club’s joint-second top scorer in all competitions this season alongside Mahrez with 12 goals, with Erling Haaland way out in front with 33.
Foden’s opportunities to impress have, however, not been as regular as he would have hoped this season. But the youngster remains committed to helping the team going forward.
After a period of injury and a lack of form, he scored and assisted in the recent league win over Bournemouth, before another fine showing against Bristol City. Along with his two goals, Foden had 76 touches and completed the match with an 89% passing accuracy.
“I feel much better in my feet, it’s not easy sometimes playing with discomfort in your feet,” Foden told the Man City website. “I’m feeling 100% fit and comfortable. Hopefully I can come into the team and help them as much as possible.
“It’s been one of the lowest parts of my career. Everyone goes through them, but it’s how you react. Just discomfort in my feet and not playing as much, I love playing football and when I don’t I’m a bit frustrated, that’s how it is.”
FA Cup ‘very important’ for Man City
Man City are currently fighting for three trophies, with the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League all in their line of vision this season.
The English side host RB Leipzig in the second leg of their Champions League round of 16 fixture later this month following a 1-1 draw in Germany, while they are just two points behind leaders Arsenal in the Premier League.
And Man City are now into the quarter-final of the FA Cup following Tuesday night’s win, having overcome both Chelsea and Arsenal in the third and fourth rounds respectively.
Foden has now revealed that the club have been discussing just how significant the competition is for their overall season, saying: “It’s very important. We’ve not won the FA Cup in a while. It’s something we’ve been speaking about and we want to go far and want to win it.
“The last few games have been brilliant, and we look like we’re making a step forward. Hopefully we can keep up this form and finish the season strong.”
A brace against Bristol 😉 pic.twitter.com/Z72qBv6RgA
— Phil Foden (@PhilFoden) February 28, 2023