FIt was the big surprise of Guardiola's lineup against Red Star. A young man unknown to the general public entered an eleven full of rotations. Micah Hamilton won a big double prize in Belgrade: debut in the Manchester City first team and He did this with a goal and forcing a penalty in the third. The dream night of the young Englishman from the Citizen Academy.

The Englishman once again received instructions from Guardiola six years after he already did it… as a poster boy. In 2017, the Catalan coach grabbed a child to explain that he had to give the ball more quickly to the City players to catch off guard a Crystal Palace team that was entrenched at the Etihad. A child who six years later he would make his Champions League debut and sharing the dressing room with those players that I helped, on the sideline, to win a game.

Those words from Guardiola asking for speed were engraved in Hamilton's memory. Precisely this speed was the same one he used to get rid of the defender in the 20th minute, leave and receive an unstoppable whiplash against which the goalkeeper could do nothing Serbian. Later, when City suffered the most, he got between two defenders in a move that seemed impossible and caused the penalty that ended with Phillips scoring. A perfect and hopeful debut.

A precocity on par with great names

The British were already there this season summoned twice with the first team, at Carabao against Newcastle and in the Champions League against Young Boys, although he did not have minutes in either of them. The wait was worth it. With his goal against Red Star, Hamilton became the fifth youngest Englishman to score on his Champions League debut aged 20 years and 30 days. He only has Rashford, Beckham, Rooney and Chamberlain ahead of him.

A prize for a player who had problems with injuries and who found continuity this season in the Manchester City Under-21 team, of which he is captain. In eleven games he has already given six assists in the affiliated league, more than any Premier starting player.

He has different parts of his game that are really exciting. I tell him he's a street football player

Barry Murphy, Manchester City youth team coach

He is a versatile and electric player who usually plays on the left wing, either as a winger or even as a winger. Brian Barry Murphy, his youth coach, defined him as “a street football player” and explained that injuries prevented him from getting the opportunity before. “Micah went unnoticed because he has been injured for a long time. If you see him at his best, he's unique and has different parts of his game that are really exciting. “I tell him he's a street football player.”

A new product from the Manchester City factory that he doesn't stop gaining talent . Debuting as a professional, in the Champions League and with a goal is not seen every day. Guardiola has a new star in the making.