Phil Foden’s hat-trick propelled Manchester City to a 3-1 victory over Brentford on Monday, narrowing the gap to just two points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool. Pep Guardiola praised Foden, stating that the young talent is enjoying his best season with City. Despite falling behind early in the match to Neal Maupay’s strike, City showcased their resilience, becoming the first team in Premier League history to secure four consecutive away wins after conceding first. Foden’s heroics, combined with assists from Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland, allowed City to join Arsenal on 49 points, with a game in hand to potentially seize the top spot.
Guardiola highlighted Foden’s exceptional season, emphasizing his goal-scoring prowess and contributions while playing in a central position. City’s defensive vulnerabilities persisted, conceding for the 12th consecutive league game, but their attacking prowess proved decisive. Brentford goalkeeper Mark Flekken, statistically the Premier League’s least effective shot-stopper, delivered a stellar performance with nine saves in the first half alone. Despite Brentford’s efforts, City’s relentless attack, including Foden’s clinical finishing, secured an 11th victory in their last 12 games. As the title race intensifies, City remains a formidable force, poised to potentially secure an unprecedented fourth consecutive English top-flight title.