Pep Guardiola revealed he has no intention of rushing Cole Palmer after the teenager scored in an outstanding cameo against Club Brugge. He scored the fourth goal in a 5-1 thrashing of the Belgian side. It was a much-needed win following their loss to group leaders Paris Saint-Germain in their opening game. It has been a big week for Palmer who made a brief Premier League appearance against Burnley before scoring a hattrick for the youth team the same evening. The pressure will now be on Guardiola to play him more often as was the case with Phil Foden but Guardiola revealed that he will ease him into action.
“It was a really good performance – one of our best performances in Europe, definitely.” Pep Guardiola said about Cole Palmer. “I know how good they did against PSG and in Germany [against Leipzig] but we controlled the game. We made a good game, our pressing was good. We recovered the ball so quickly and after that, we used the ball with a lot of sense.”
“I am not going to underestimate Brugge. I know them quite well,” he added. “I spoke with Vincent Kompany and he gave me some info. He knows Brugge better than me. He said to be careful in the final third, they have a fast central defender, especially the left one. I think we made a really good performance in many aspects so they could not be who they are. I know perfectly well who they are. I looked over Brugge during the international break. I looked at many games. I know how good they did against PSG.”