Rico Lewis impressed as Man City earned a 3-1 win over RB Leipzig in the Champions League; the 18-year-old became the youngest City player to register an assist in the competition when he set up Phil Foden; City boss Pep Guardiola: «He is one of the best I've ever trained by far»
Wednesday 4 October 2023 23:52, UK
Pep Guardiola hailed Rico Lewis as one of the best players he has ever coached after his starring role in Manchester City's Champions League win at RB Leipzig.
The 18-year-old produced a commanding display as the holders maintained the winning start to their Champions League defence with a 3-1 success at the Red Bull Arena on Wednesday.
Lewis, who made his first-team breakthrough as a right-back last season, had a hand in Phil Foden's opening goal and proved City's main driving force throughout.
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City manager Guardiola, the former Barcelona boss whose past players have included Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta said: «What a player! What a player!
»I've been a manager for 14, 15 years and lucky to train one of the best players in the world in Barcelona.
«To find a player like him playing in the pockets, how he has to move as a holding midfielder, moving in the spaces, he is one of the best I've ever trained by far.
»He's a humble guy, doesn't talk much. He didn't play much this season but he is going to play a lot."
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Despite Lewis' contributions, it took the introduction of substitutes Julian Alvarez and Jeremy Doku to secure a hard-fought victory.
City controlled the first half and led at the break through Foden'sRead on skysports.com