Cole Palmer joins Phil Foden and Kelechi Iheanacho as Manchester City teenagers to score in UEFA Champions League

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English attacking midfielder, Cole Palmer has become the third teenager to score in the UEFA Champions League for Manchester City.

Before him, Kelechi Iheanacho who now plays for Leicester City had achieved the feat in the colors of Manchester City. The second player in the club’s history to achieve such a feat is Phil Foden who is still waxing strong at the club.

Cole Palmer joined the league of the special group when coach Pep Guardiola decided to introduce him in place of Kevin De Bruyne in the 64th minute of the Champions League group stage away game against Club Brugge on Tuesday.

Palmer joined the game when Joao Cancelo (30th minute), Riyad Mahrez (43rd minute), and Kyle Walker (53rd minute) had already given Manchester City a 3-0 lead.

Within two minutes after he was introduced into the game, Cole Palmer scored his first UEFA Champions League goal, thanks to a pass from Raheem Sterling.

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After his goal, Club Brugge tried to fight back but only succeeded in scoring a consolation goal in the 81st minute, thanks to Hans Vanaken’s strike. Mahrez scored an 84th-minute goal to end the game 5-1 in favor of Manchester City.

It is worthy to note that Cole Palmer has not been fully promoted to Manchester City senior team. The 19-year-old English attacking midfielder is still a member of the club’s Under-23 team.

Even though he is playing for the Manchester City youth team, coach Pep Guardiola has registered him for this season’s UEFA Champions League campaign. The coach has used him twice in the Premier League, once in the EFL Cup, and has played once in the Community Shield.

The fact that Cole Palmer has played in those tournaments has made many wonders why the Spanish tactician has not promoted him to the club’s senior team permanently.

Cole Palmer celebrates after scoring his first UEFA Champions League goal on Tuesday, October 19, 2021.
Cole Palmer celebrates after scoring his first UEFA Champions League goal on Tuesday, October 19, 2021.

After the Champions League win over Club Brugge, Pep Guardiola referred to Cole as food that needed time to be properly cooked.

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Guardiola said: “The people in this world want things immediately, quick, but everything needs time.

“You cannot cook a good dish if you don’t spend time in the kitchen. So, take time…

“Cole has a special quality. Inside the box, he has this talent that is difficult to find. When he has the ball there, most of the time it finishes in the net.

“But I know how it works with young players. We are calm and patient like we have been with Phil Foden as well.”

On his team’s performance against Club Brugge, the coach added: “It was a really good performance – one of our best performances in Europe.

“We controlled the game and our pressing was good. We used the ball with a lot of sense and had many chances. We are all delighted.”

The 5-1 win over Club Brugge has placed Manchester City on the second spot of Group A with 6 spots in three games, a point behind top-placed Paris Saint Germain.

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