Cole Palmer: Man City boss Pep Guardiola calls for patience over midfielder

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Cole Palmer was the third Manchester City teenager to score a goal in the Champions League, after Phil Foden & Kelechi Iheanacho

Pep Guardiola, Manchester City manager, must be as talented a chef and football manager as he seems to be judging by his recent comments.

Guardiola compared the development of player to cooking after Cole Palmer, 19, became the latest City academy graduate and grabbed the headlines on Tuesday when he scored his first Champions League goal against Club Bruges.

He said, "People in this world want everything immediately, fast, but everything takes time."

You can't cook a great dish if your time is wasted in the kitchen. Take your time.

Palmer was only on the pitch for two minute when he delivered a stunning finish for City's fourth win in Belgium, a 5-1 victory.

This season, the midfielder has only been used sparingly. He was involved in the Community Shield defeat to Leicester on 7 August, and has made only four appearances from the bench since then - two in Premier League and one against Wycombe in the League Cup.

Guardiola said that Cole has a unique quality. Guardiola said that Cole has a talent inside the box that is hard to find. He is a great player when the ball is in his hands.

"But I understand how it works for young players. Like Phil Foden, we are calm and patient.

Guardiola's handling Foden was a shining example of Patience.

Phil Foden was a great help from within the Club Bruges half of Manchester City's first goal.

He took the time to secure his place in Guardiola’s first team, but is now well-known as one of the Premier League's best players.

He excelled even in his unfamiliar role of a false nine, making smart runs and playing a variety of brilliant passes. His assist to Joao Cancelo's City goal was a remarkable one.

Riyad Mahrez (2 goals) and Kyle Walker (two) also scored for Blues. Hans Vanaken netted for hosts as they briefly fought back to 4-1.

"One of the best performances we have seen in Europe"

Victory means City has six points in Group A, which puts them second behind Paris St-Germain who have seven.

This was also a perfect response to their 2-0 loss at PSG in their previous competition.

Guardiola stated, "It was an excellent performance - one our best performances in Europe."

"We controlled the game, and our pressing was strong. We were able to use the ball with great sense and took many chances.

"We are all thrilled."


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