Jubilant Man City boss Guardiola describes young star as ‘one of the best he’s trained’ after stunning show vs Leipzig

Jubilant Man City boss Guardiola describes young star as ‘one of the best he’s trained’ after stunning show vs Leipzig

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PEP GUARDIOLA has lavished praise onto Manchester City wonderkid Rico Lewis.

Lewis made his breakthrough under Guardiola last season.

Rico Lewis starred in Man City's 3-1 win over RB Leipzig

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Rico Lewis starred in Man City’s 3-1 win over RB LeipzigCredit: Getty
Pep Guardiola lavished praise on the 18-year-old

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Pep Guardiola lavished praise on the 18-year-oldCredit: PA

The teenager’s progress appears to show no signs of stopping after a starring performance in City’s 3-1 win over RB Leipzig in the Champions League.

Lewis even managed to get himself involved in the action at the top end of the pitch by providing an assist for Phil Foden’s opener.

Reflecting on the 18-year-old’s role in the match, Guardiola told reporters: “He played good, huh? What a player. What a player – 18-years-old.

“I’ve been a manager for 14-15 year, training unbelievable players.

“To find a player like him in the pockets, how he has to move, moving into the spaces, he’s one of the best I’ve ever trained, by far.

“He’s an amazing, outstanding player – outstanding.”

Guardiola continued: “[He] has a huge personality, can play in four or five positions. He’s not scared, his defending is really good.”

However, the former Barcelona boss joked the one thing Lewis was currently missing was some height, with him currently standing at 5ft 7in.

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Lewis has played 29 times for City’s senior side.

Leipzig had managed to get a goal back early in the second half.

But supersub Julian Alvarez was on hand to get a goal and assist to seal the deal in City’s favour.

The result leaves them top of Group G with two wins from two.

City suffered their first defeat of the season last weekend against Wolves.

Their next match sees pay a visit to unbeaten Premier League side Arsenal on Sunday.

The Gunners fell to a shock 2-1 defeat against Lens last night, and could be without star man Bukayo Saka for the weekend after he limped off injured.



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