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The English teenager came close to scoring in his first appearance and showed plenty of promise against Premier League opposition

Pep Guardiola compared Manchester City‘s teenage midfielder Cole Palmer to Phil Foden after the 18-year-old made a strong debut in a 3-0 Carabao Cup win over Burnley.

Manchester-born playmaker Palmer, who has been at the club since joining City’s Under-8’s, slotted into Guardiola’s midfield alongside Kevin De Bruyne and showed his creative abilities while attempting two shots of his own.

A Raheem Sterling brace and Ferran Torres’ first goal for the club put City into the quarter-finals of the competition they have won in three straight years, but Guardiola picked out Palmer for praise, comparing his finishing prowess to that of first-team regular Foden.

“He started a little bit shy, but that’s normal,” Guardiola told the club’s official website.

“He is an incredible young lad in the training sessions. Since two months ago he has showed us a lot of things. He has a good future in this club.

“He is a humble guy. He is a guy with incredible finishing, like Phil. He had his chance to score. His debut in this competition against a Premier League side, it will be good for his future.

“Again, thank you to the academy for these players. We get players from the academy’s work.”

Guardiola handed a second start to £20m (€22m/$25m) winger Torres at Turf Moor and the 20-year-old rewarded him with a well-taken goal.

The Spain international joined City from Valencia in August and has since featured twice in the Premier League.

Guardiola praised his performance at Burnley while offering constructive criticism, saying: “He is a young player and still needs a little bit of time to understand what we want to do.

“He’s clever in the final third, with his passes. He doesn’t cross to cross, he passes the ball.”

On City’s overall performance, which came after a 5-2 home defeat to Leicester City on Sunday, Guardiola said: “It was good. This competition is special for us.

“Two games, this one and Leeds before the international break. After our result [against Leicester] it was important to win.”

Manchester City next face Leeds United on Saturday with Marcelo Bielsa’s side currently seventh in the Premier League. 

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