Pep: Academy deserves credit for Foden, Diaz

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has praised the work done by the club's academy after Phil Foden and Brahim Diaz made their Champions League debuts.

City beat Feyenoord 1-0 on Tuesday, thanks to a late winner from Raheem Sterling, to secure top spot in Group F, and Guardiola was delighted to be able to give Foden and Diaz their Champions League debuts on the night.

Foden, 17, came on for Yaya Toure in the 75th minute with the teams still level at 0-0. The 18-year-old Diaz then replaced goalscorer Sterling in stoppage time to also earn his first cap in the Champions League.

“I want to say big congratulations to the academy,” Guardiola told the press after the game, according to Manchester Evening News.

“All the club has to be so proud – two young players, 17 and 18, making their first appearance in the Champions League.

“If the result had been more clear, they would have got more minutes. They are young talents but our squad is not too big so we will see what happens.

“Hopefully they can stay for a long time and help to develop the club.

“All the guys who have been working for a long time in the academy, scouting and searching in the talent, managers, teammates – I put them on the field but those guys deserve the credit, they are responsible for them making their first [Champions League] appearance.”

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