Manchester City thumps Club Brugge in a 5-1 hauler on Wednesday Night.
Pep Guardiola’s City thumps Club Brugge in a 5-1 hauler on Wednesday Night.
Young midfielder Cole Palmer, who scored his second goal of the season in the 67th minute, earned special praise from Pep Guardiola, who believes he has further demonstrated why he is considered to be the next big thing to come out of City’s school.
Palmer, 19, came off the bench to score City’s fifth goal in Belgium, with Riyad Mahrez completing a hat trick and Joao Cancelo and Kyle Walker all scoring in a decisive Group A-game.
The win guaranteed that the Premier League champions sit pretty in second place in the group as PSG’s match against RB Leipzig turned a victory for the French side leading with 1 point, and Guardiola on the flipside was understandably pleased with his team’s dominant performance away from home.
In an eye-catching guest appearance, the England Under-21 international showed excellent poise to reach the far corner of Simon Mignolet’s net, and he offered flashes of his great skill in various situations.
The City head coach told reporters shortly after the final whistle, ‘Cole has a unique quality in front of the box, a talent that is difficult to find.’
‘When he has the ball there, most of the time it ends up in the net. It isn’t easy to find that.’
‘I know how it works with young players. We have to be calm and patient. His position is the second team, but at the same time, he trains with us and works with our principles.’
‘I am happy with the goal. He could have done a few actions a little bit better, but that is normal. It is experience.’
‘Step by step, we give our young players an opportunity.’
Manchester City sits at second place in Group A just below Paris Saint-Germain and look forward to their next game on the 3rd of November 2021, where they will be hosting Club Brugge at the Etihad Stadium by 9:00 pm (WAT).