Phil Foden sets out Manchester City’s season aims ahead of Premier League opener

Phil Foden admitted Manchester City wanted to win every competition this season but singled out the UEFA Champions League as a particular target.

After winning back-to-back Premier League titles, Pep Guardiola has refreshed and rebuilt his squad in a bid to maintain the same level of hunger.

It’s only on very rare occasions that teams have the chance to win three consecutive domestic titles – but that’s the challenge the Blues present this season.

City have lost Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus but replaced them with top scorer Erling Haaland and exciting youngster Julian Alvarez.

They are set to make their Premier League debut on Sunday, when City take on West Ham United at the London Stadium.

Foden in action for Manchester City (PA Images / Alamy)

Ahead of the opener, Stockport-born Foden discussed how City will adapt to their new signings and his personal and collective goals for the season.

“I don’t think there will be many big changes,” Foden told the club’s official website.

“We always try to play the same way over the years and play the same system. I don’t think there will be many changes.

“Hopefully we can continue to play well and win games.”

Moving on to talk about his goals, Foden pointed out that a club like City play to win every competition but highlighted one trophy in particular as a key target.

“We want to show the fans that we are always hungry to win. Not just me, but the team too.

“We are all motivated to try to win titles again this year.

Foden was a substitute for City's game against Liverpool at the weekend.  Image: Alamy
Foden was a substitute for City’s game against Liverpool at the weekend. Image: Alamy

“The goals for the team, we go there for every competition. I can’t really say win them all because it’s hard to do, but if we can get the Champions League, that’s the goal this year.”

Foden continued, “We really want to win this. We have been so close.

“Individually I want to try to score more goals than last season, get better stats and try to improve my game.”

Since rising through the ranks at such a young age, Foden rocketed to stardom with elite performances under Guardiola.

Many have criticized the 22-year-old’s slow integration into the Blues squad, but I think it’s fair to say that his patience is paying off right now.

As another turbulent season kicks off, Foden is set to play another pivotal role in any success for City.

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