On Saturday night, Manchester City star Phil Foden and his family were targeted at a boxing match in London. After being attacked on Saturday night, Phil Foden has impressed Pep Guardiola this week during Manchester City training. Foden’s response to the attack has impressed Guardiola, who has praised Foden’s performance.
A group of yobs harassed the Fodens after the Tottenham game, when they went to the Manchester Arena to watch a boxing match between Kell Brook and Amir Khan. One man punched Foden’s mother Claire during the scuffles, and the rest hurled abuse at the England international.
When Foden returned to training on Tuesday, Guardiola was satisfied with what he observed and did not feel the need to speak with him one-on-one as the team prepared for their Premier League match against Everton.
“Unfortunately, this is the society we live in,” Guardiola said, adding that he would not consider interfering in the players’ spare time because they are accustomed to being subjected to abuse in their day jobs and understand that “this is the reality we live in.”
City’s boss was also pleased with how the rest of the squad responded to their first league defeat since October. The Blues were given the weekend off before returning to prepare for Everton.
While the true test will come at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon, Guardiola observed many of the characteristics he has previously seen in a club that has a history of recovering from setbacks.
“They trained well, a little sadder than usual, but that’s to be expected,” he explained.
“Tomorrow, we will learn. They have the solution. I told them numerous times that I never win a game, but I also never lose. Football is theirs. I’m anticipating our reaction tomorrow.
“I’m familiar with them, and based on what I’ve seen in recent years, I’m confident they’re going to perform well.