Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Academy Kids out for European Glory

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Academy Kids out for European Glory

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CITY go again in the hope of Champions League glory.

A week after Pep Guardiola's first team tried and failed to use a Manchester derby as ideal preparation for a critical European game, the academy will aim to do better.

Fresh from a 1-1 draw with United last Friday, Simon Davies and his Under-19 team are in Nyon at UEFA HQ ready for their UEFA Youth League semi-final with Barcelona this afternoon.

The competition, essentially a Champions League for young prospects at the best clubs, is one of only two exceptions to academy director Jason Wilcox's mantra that results should not be the primary focus for youth teams.

Given both City's failure to reach the semi-final stage before in four previous attempts and a surprise early defeat to Plymouth in the FA Youth Cup (the other exception), the importance of this game can hardly be overstated. …

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