Phil Foden’s unique pre-match ritual for Man City and England big games
We’ve all spent a little too much time watching online compilations of the best moments and brilliant player skills – with the terrible music and questionable editing to go with it.
They are never representative of real football matches and may make players like Adel Taarabt look better than Lionel Messi, but it’s hard to resist watching one, then two, then ten in a row.
And it seems the appeal of these skill clips is too much for even the best footballers in the world, and some even watch videos of themselves.
Speaking on duty in England, Manchester City’s Phil Foden admitted he uses YouTube clips of himself to motivate him ahead of big games.
Foden has become a key figure for City and England this season, and has many great games and trophies to his name just after turning 21.
The youngster has won the Premier League, Carabao Cup, FA Cup and started a Champions League final before playing England’s first two group matches for Euro 2020.
Now he says the key to his impressive performances is to use his previous goals, skills and quality moments to motivate himself for a great game.
Speaking to England’s YouTube channel, Foden said: “Sometimes I watch my own music videos on YouTube. Just to get into a game feeling confident.
“I don’t really like watching someone else, I want to be my own person.”
However, Foden said the skills he was reviewing online gave him no clue for the next game as he explained how moments of cunning or quick feet cannot be planned.
“You don’t work on it, it just becomes an instinct,” he said.
“When you see a man and put him between your legs, it comes to you. The best players in the world think fast.”