The author of an excellent performance on Thursday against Liverpool (3-2), the young team Rico Lewis received the compliments of Josep Guardiola. The Manchester City coach thinks highly of his defender.
Lewis, the new Manchester City bloke
The way he played was exceptional, he was man of the match. Josep Guardiola’s remarks after Manchester City’s victory against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup (3-2) on Thursday were not intended for Kevin De Bruyne, author of a huge game and two decisive assists. No, the Citizens coach was talking about young Rico Lewis.
Holding for the third time this season, the 18-year-old right-back produced a very good score. Rarely sticking to his line, this right-back, who was able to develop in midfield, tended to go into the axis to participate in the development of the game and touched 90 balls during the meeting. His qualities combining speed, technique and reactivity, as well as a football IQ well above average, allowed him to have a very valuable role, both defensively and offensively. And there is no doubt that we should see him again very often on the pitch.
An insane haste
Arriving at Skyblues at the age of 8, Rico saw a meteoric progression in Manchester. At just 15 years old, he already joined the U18s, before subsequently becoming their captain. His fine performances in the youth categories allowed him to sign his first professional contract in July last year, before joining the pre-season camp with the first team. Among the Mancunian stars, the England U19 international immediately impressed Guardiola.
I spotted him in training and I was like, “Oh, this guy’s got something special!” With good players, it takes no more than two minutes to understand their quality , the former FC Barcelona coach confided in early November. Lewis had just scored the first goal of his professional career against FC Sville (3-1) in the Champions League and thus became, at 17 years and 346 days, the youngest player in the competition’s history to score in his first spell.
J. Guardiola – he will be an absolutely fantastic player for Manchester City
For Guardiola, Lewis is not a fleeting prodigy. The Catalan will surely see his player shine in the years to come. We can believe that Rico Lewis will have a great decade, the Mancunian coach launched on Thursday. He will be an absolutely incredible player for Manchester City in the next few years because he is so intelligent, so humble, he understands everything in a second and applies everything to everything that comes up. So we have an incredible right-back with us for years to come. Strong words from a tactician who was rarely wrong about the talent of his young players.
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