Champions League: Phil Foden breaks two records as Man City reach quarter-finals

Manchester City midfielder breaks TWO Champions League records
Phil Foden broke into Manchester City’s team earlier in the season (Picture: Getty)

Phil Foden, the England U17 World Cup winner, broke two records as Manchester City progressed to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

City lost Wednesday’s return leg at the Etihad 2-1 but still cruised through to the last-eight after the first leg in Switzerland finished 4-0.

Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus, starting ahead of Sergio Aguero, fired the home side in front on eight minutes but goals from Mohamed Elyounoussi and Michael Lang gave Basel a surprise victory.

The fixture held extra significance for 17-year-old Foden, who has earned rave reviews for his performances since breaking into the side earlier in the season.

The Stockport-born midfielder made his City debut in November in the Champions League group match against Feyenoord and has since featured in the Premier League and Carabao Cup, including the final at Wembley where Arsenal were thumped 3-0.

And in starting City’s fixture against Basel on Wednesday, Foden became the youngest English player to ever play in a Champions League knockout match, as well as the youngest to play in a knockout game for an English club.

Manchester City players (Back row L-R) Manchester City's Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, Manchester City's French defender Aymeric Laporte, Manchester City's English defender John Stones, Manchester City's Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus and Manchester City's Brazilian defender Danilo , (Front row L-R) Manchester City's German midfielder Leroy Sane, Manchester City's German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, Manchester City's Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure, Manchester City's English midfielder Phil Foden, Manchester City's Ukrainian midfielder Oleksandr Zinchenko and Manchester City's Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva pose for a group photograph ahead of the UEFA Champions League round of sixteen second leg football match between Manchester City and Basel at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on March 7, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Pep Guardiola opted to start teenager Foden against Basel (Picture: Getty)

Speaking after Wednesday evening’s defeat, Pep Guardiola said: ‘Phil was good and in the second-half he was perhaps the only one who tried to be aggressive. It’s good for the rhythm of the future.

‘We are happy to be in the quarter finals, we are so happy for that. In the second half we didn’t attack and forgot to even pass the ball… the second half was really really poor.

‘The difference in the quarter finals, in that level all the teams will be so, so tough and demanding. We will try to be ready and to come back because we did it in the recent games.’

Foden – a lifelong City fan – was named player of the tournament in England’s victorious Under-17 World Cup-winning campaign last year.

Guardiola suggested at the end of last month that the club would offer the teenager a new long-term contract when he turns 18 in May.

‘He knows, his family knows, his manager knows – we want to keep him with us for a long time,’ Guardiola said. ‘He is a good player for the future. He has to grow up and make strong but the huge quality is there.’

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