The 19-year-old midfielder set up his Belgian team-mate’s second goal and feels he is learning a lot by playing alongside him
Phil Foden feels “lucky” to be playing alongside Kevin De Bruyne at Manchester City, as he is learning a lot from his fellow midfielder.
The 19-year-old started a Premier League game for the first time in his career on Saturday as the defending champions won 3-0 away at Arsenal.
De Bruyne was the star of the show with two goals and an assist, and it was Foden who set his Belgian team-mate up to round off the scoring for his side.
And the England Under 21 international was delighted with his role in the win and believes he is making progress thanks to the likes of De Bruyne and his fellow City stars.
“It’s my first Premier League start today and I was happy to be on the pitch,” he told BBC 5 Live. “I am happy with the assist. When you play with great players it makes your life easy.
“It’s a pleasure to play with Kevin De Bruyne, he is one of our biggest players. I feel lucky to learn off him.”
He added to Sky Sports: “When you have a guy like this playing, anything can happen.”
The match was the second in a row that Foden has started, after he featured for the full 90 minutes in Wednesday’s 4-1 win over Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League.
He was substituted 11 minutes into the second half against Arsenal and although he wanted to keep going, he admits he was feeling tired.
“I am disappointed to not play longer but I have not played two games in a row for a while so I think the manager saw my tired legs,” he said.
The win sees City remain third in the league and 14 points behind unbeaten leaders Liverpool, who beat Watford 2-0 a day earlier.
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But Foden believes Guardiola’s men must not give up on securing a third consecutive Premier League crown.
“We know we need to play well and get three points every game to be in with a chance,” he added.
City are in action again on Wednesday when they face Oxford United in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals before taking on second-placed Leicester at home in the league three days later.