Manchester City’s golden youth make an appointment


In a week, Manchester City is at the Parc des Princes to challenge Paris SG (2nd day of the Champions League). And Pep Guardiola was able to conduct a large workforce review against Wycombe Wanderers, in the Carabao Cup (6-1). Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez or Ferran Torres scored, getting in the legs before the Parisian meeting, revenge of the semi-final of C1 last season.

But the essential was elsewhere on the lawn of the Etihad Stadium. Six youngsters were treated to their first professional appearance in the Skyblues jersey. Luke Mbete, Finley Burns, Josh Wilson-Esbrand and CJ Egan-Riley, all aged 18, made up the defense, while the Belgian Roméo Lavia (17) served as sentry to protect them (the latter also marked the spirits in a role à la Fernandinho). James McAtee (18) came into play in the second half.

Guardiola loved it

Cole Palmer (19), author of his last goal, had already been entitled to a few minutes of play in the Champions’ League against Olympique de Marseille last season, but he proved that he had the qualities to shine at the high level. What to delight the Catalan manager. “I like this kind of evenings. I know how special it is to see the academy players play so well. We know they can do it. We know exactly how good they are. We can count on them ”, he blurted out at a press conference before continuing.

“We have an incredible generation of young players. Maybe in the future they will be important as Foden is today. It depends on them. I hope that in the future, with or without me, these guys can become regular players in the first team ”, he concluded. Some may have won yesterday the right to be on the trip to Paris in a week. PSG have been warned, Mancunian youth have talent.

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