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Rico Lewis' highlights for Man City vs Sevilla are outstanding, Pep Guardiola has a serious talent on his hands

George Priestman

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Rico Lewis' highlights for Man City vs Sevilla are outstanding, Pep Guardiola has a serious talent on his hands

A compilation video of Rico Lewis in the Champions League last night shows the 17-year-old highlighted what a fine performance the Manchester City youngster put in on just his second European appearance for the club.

Lewis made his full City debut in their final group game against Sevilla, as Pep Guardiola's side ran out 3-1 winners as they qualified as group winners.

An early goal from Rafa Mir had stunned City, but Lewis inspired a second-half comeback thanks to his debut strike just after half-time.

Goals from summer signing Julian Alvarez and Riyad Mahrez helped to cap off a successful group stage for last year's semi-finalists.

But it was the young right-back who stole the headlines, as his well-taken goal helped to secure a dream debut under the lights in Europe's premier competition.

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His goal last night saw him become City's youngest-ever Champions League goal scorer as he joined fellow Englishman Jude Bellingham in scoring before his 18th birthday.

Amazingly, he even broke the competition record for the youngest player to score on their debut, breaking the record previously held by Karim Benzema (17 years and 352 days for Lyon vs Rosenborg in 2005) - according to OptaJoe.

While the goal will steal the headlines, his overall showing was self-assured for someone his age, as he managed an 89% pass success rate, won 4/6 of his ground duels, produced 1 key pass and managed 100% dribble success rate in what was an impressive night's work, as you can see in the compilation video below.

We're sure even Micah Richards would agree that he's 'burst onto the scene' after that display.

He certainly impressed manager Pep Guardiola, who rightly praised him in his post-match interview for 'earning' his opportunity.

"We don't give presents here," said Guardiola. "He had to earn it.

"The people love players from the academy but we see him every day. We know he has quality and I am really happy for him."

His night ended after 85 minutes when he was replaced by Joao Cancelo and he was met with a great reception from the fans, as the South stand were captured chanting "Rico, Rico, Rico" as he left the pitch.

With an extensive list of fixtures to contend with across four competitions this season, as well as City's lack of depth in their full-back positions, it's likely we will see more of the young star in the near future.

Rico Lewis during Manchester City's 3-1 win over Sevilla in the Champions League
Rico Lewis during Manchester City's 3-1 win over Sevilla in the Champions League

Lewis has been a part of the England youth setup in recent years; having played for the U16, U18 and U19 teams and making his debut for the former in September of this year.

Born and bred in the north west of England, it must have been a dream come true to play for the senior side having joined City as an eight year old.

He has already featured in the Premier League, coming off the bench against Bournemouth on August 13th and it's likely we'll be seeing more of him thanks to his excellent full debut.

Featured Image Credit: @rnvidss (Twitter)

Topics: Manchester City, Champions League

George Priestman
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