Pep Guardiola thrilled with this player. He could replace suspended Rodri

Man City boss Pep Guardiola has expressed his delight in Kalvin Philips performance against Nottingham Forest during the weekend.

Pep brought in Philips in the 51st minute after Rodri was sent off the pitch due to violent conduct.

The performance of the former Leeds player caught the attention of Guardiola as he contributed immensely to the team’s victory despite the one-man shortage.

Pep didn’t take time to hail the lad after the game. He said: “He played really good today.

“For the type of game that we needed, defensively and keeping the ball and run, he was amazing.

“I’m so pleased for him because he’s an incredible guy, never one bad face when he didn’t play the minutes.

“I know he’s a player for the national team of England, and with me, with us he doesn’t play much. But he played really good and helped us a lot.

“I know sometimes he struggles for some things that we need, in small spaces to be quicker, and other ones has another type of quality.

“But in the game today, what we needed, to be there, to win the second balls, to keep the balls, to make actions to the by-line, the personality in long balls, even in the corners, because we knew it with a lot of crosses in the way they play, he gave us a lot.”