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Man City star Foden takes record off Barcelona legend Busquets as he becomes youngest player to 50 league starts under Guardiola

06:37 EAT 21/04/2022
Phil Foden Manchester City Brighton 2021-22
The talented midfielder is the youngest player to reach 50 top-flight starts under the Catalan head coach

Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden became the youngest player to start 50 top-flight matches under Pep Guardiola when he appeared in the starting XI on Wednesday against Brighton in a 3-0 victory.

Foden, 21, marked the occasion with a goal as his team returned to the top of the Premier League.

He has now featured in 93 total Premier League games - 43 as a substitute - under the watch of his Catalan manager.

Foden sets record under Guardiola

At 21 years and 327 days, Foden overtook Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets as the youngest player to 50 starts under Guardiola. Busquets reached the mark at 22 years and 120 days in November 2010.

Additionally, Foden became the youngest player to 50 starts under any manager at Manchester City since goalkeeper Joe Hart did so in January 2009.

In his career so far, Foden has scored 23 Premier League goals, along with providing 11 assists. Eleven of his goal involvements have come this season amid a push for a fourth title in five years.

Foden's display against Brighton

The Manchester City star scored in the 65th minute to double his side's lead over Brighton.

His strike from outside the box took a deflection to wrong-foot goalkeeper Robert Sanchez.

Bernardo Silva then increased the lead to three in the 82nd minute as Manchester City eased to victory.

Guardiola's verdict

"It was a good test and we behaved exceptionally," Guardiola told BBC Sport. "That is why we won the game.

"We didn't let them play. Brighton have this quality. In the second half we found the goals that we could not find in the first half."

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