Phil Foden fires title warning to Manchester United and Liverpool after insisting Manchester City are ‘back to their best’ after the Brighton win … while hailing a rare right-footed attack
- Manchester City returned to the top four with a narrow win over Brighton
- Phil Foden scored the only goal of the game after finishing in the front post
- City’s youth has shared his belief that his team is now back at their best
Phil Foden believes Manchester City are now back at their best after a hard-fought win over Brighton pushed them back into the top four.
The 20-year-old, who progressed through the Etihad youth ranks, scored the only goal of the game with a fine finish in the front post – and wasted no time putting down the gauntlet for City’s title rivals.
However, Foden also remains firmly on the ground, admitting that Pep Guardiola’s team will continue the challenge one match at a time.
Phil Foden believes Manchester City are back at their best after their narrow win over Brighton
He told BT Sport: ‘We feel like we are now back at our best. We can now draw confidence from the last few results.
“Today I still feel like we could have done better, and we dug deep to win.”
City were able to take their seventh consecutive victory in all competitions after beating Brighton, and have managed to get their tilt at the top back on track.
Foden (center) scored the lone goal of the game to put City back in the heat of the title race
Foden’s attack, which came just before half time whistle, proved the difference with Raheem Sterling who sparked an injury blow over the bar.
The tidy effort of the former was his eighth of the season in all competitions, making him currently City’s top scorer.
“I am very proud of the team for how we continued to the final whistle,” added Foden. Overall, it’s a great result. They made it difficult for us to break them down.
‘Getting the goal before half-time was very important. It ended up being the winning goal, so I’m really happy.
The 20-year-old got the ball from Kevin de Bruyne before he hit the front post
“I don’t score too many right paws, so when they come, I enjoy them.”
City will return to action against Crystal Palace on Sunday, and Foden has insisted his teammates are determined to take three more points.
He said, “We know we have a game in hand, and we need to think about our next opponent now and not look too far ahead.”