Phil Foden offers dressing room insight into Manchester City’s half-time talks on Champions League exit

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After a poor performance in the first half, Pep Guardiola’s men tensed their muscles in the second half of the game and eventually fled with a 4-1 Champions League victory over Group A rivals Club Brugge .

It was a well-deserved victory for the defending Premier League champions, having suffered back-to-back defeats in domestic competitions at the hands of West Ham in the Carabao Cup and Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

Still, Pep Guardiola and the Manchester City players will gain a lot of confidence from the superb second-half performance against the Belgian side.

To add to their joy, a 2-2 draw between RB Leipzig and Paris Saint-Germain gave club Etihad first place in Group A ahead of matchday five of the first European competition.

After the game, Manchester City star Phil Foden spoke about the team’s poor performance in the first half and what was needed to turn the tide.

“I thought we were sloppy in the first half and let them come back into the game. We came in at half time and talked about what was wrong.” Foden told BT Sport.

“We changed him in the second half and played better. We looked a bit heavy.”

Foden continued, “The director was not happy [at half-time]. You must follow his advice. We’ve changed a few things and been better in possession and we’ve hurt them a lot more. “

Manchester City will now focus on the Premier League again, where they have a crucial clash at Old Trafford on Saturday, making Wednesday night’s shattering victory an even bigger boost to the team’s confidence.


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