Pep Guardiola, the manager of Manchester City, must be as brilliant a cook as he is a football manager, based on his recent comments.
Guardiola compared player development to cooking after seeing 19-year-old Cole Palmer become the latest City academy product to make headlines by scoring his first Champions League goal against Club Bruges on Tuesday.
“The people in this world want things immediately, quick, but everything needs time,” he said. “You cannot cook a good dish if you don’t spend time in the kitchen. So, take time.”
Palmer had only been on the pitch for two minutes when he scored City’s fourth goal in their 5-1 victory over Belgium.
This season, the midfielder has seen limited action. He began the 1-0 Community Shield loss to Leicester on 7 August and has since made four substitute appearances, two in the Premier League and one in a 6-1 League Cup triumph against Wycombe, in which he also scored.
“Cole has a special quality,” said Guardiola. “Inside the box he has this talent which is difficult to find. When he has the ball there, most of the time it finishes in the net.
“But I know how it works with young players. We are calm and patient, like we have been with Phil Foden as well.”
Guardiola’s patience paid off in his treatment of Foden, who was one of the standout players on Tuesday.
Source: BBC Sport