Pep Guardiola compares Manchester City duo to Xavi and Andres Iniesta

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 7: Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola looks on during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Manchester City and Huddersfield Town at Etihad Stadium on January 7, 2024 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)
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Pep Guardiola has likened Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden's fledgling Manchester City partnership to the world-beating relationship Xavi and Andres Iniesta enjoyed under him at Barcelona.

De Bruyne made his long-awaited return from injury on Sunday after five months out, coming on as a 57th-minute substitute in City's 5-0 FA Cup third-round thrashing of Championship Huddersfield Town.

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Tom Hancock

Tom Hancock started freelancing for FourFourTwo in April 2019 and has also written for the Premier League and Opta Analyst, among others. He supports Wycombe Wanderers and has a soft spot for Wealdstone. A self-confessed statto, he has been known to watch football with a spreadsheet (or several) open...