City's next generation have fair way to go

Under-19s glimpse gulf in standard with Barcelona as Marwood looks to the future

Manchester City privately acknowledge that there remains a huge gulf between their academy system and that of Barcelona, and that their recruitment and development of Under-19s must improve dramatically if they are to sustain a position at the top of the game.

City's football administrator, Brian Marwood, watched the club's Elite Development Squad (EDS) side lose 4-1 in Barcelona in the NextGen European Under-19s tournament last night, only too aware that the difference in standard at that level is still vast. City went into the match as the only club in the 16-strong NextGen competition yet to register a point.

City have been determined to give young players experience on the continental stage and develop the technical passing game which Marwood sees as the club's future, rather than seek victories at all cost. Denis Suarez, Abdul Razak and Karim Rekik look like future talents for the City first-team, though the club need more. All three players are potentially integral to City's attempt to remain as competitive in Europe five years from now in an era of Financial Fair Play as they are now. They are a win away from the Champions League knockout stage after the 3-0 victory in Villarreal on Wednesday night.

Yaya Touré, who had never scored twice in one game before his two fine finishes in El Madrigal, warned afterwards that there is a gulf between City and the Catalans. "Of course there is a difference," he said. "Barcelona has been a big club for a long time. If Manchester City want to be a club like that we have to win some Premier Leagues, maybe some Champions Leagues to be like them. They are the top team in the world. We still have a long way to go. We have to continue to improve."

Striker Luca Scapuzzi and the manager's son, Andreas Mancini, have been sent out on loan to Oldham Athletic.

Club take advice on avoiding Napoli 'Ultras'

Manchester City will seek advice from Liverpool, Manchester United and Bayern Munich as they attempt to prevent serious injury to fans attending the vital Champions League tie at Napoli next month.

Liverpool supporters were hunted down by Napoli fans and three hospitalised with stab wounds ahead of their Europa League tie at Stadio San Paolo last season and six Bayern fans were also stabbed as the sides met in Italy last month.

With up to 3,000 City fans intending to travel for a game that could see Roberto Mancini's side qualify for the Champions League group stage on 22 November, City intend to publish detailed advice for fans to keep them from coming to serious harm from the Serie A side's Ultras.

City's security staff have already made a reconnaissance mission and have also spoken to United, in an attempt to draw on their vast experience in difficult Italian locations, especially Rome. A central fan embassy, providing supporters with a contact point, is likely to form a part of preparations for Napoli, as will detailed approach routes to and from the stadium for supporters. A Football Association observer will also be on the trip, as a matter of routine.

Liverpool's trip last year ended with one fan in hospital with injuries to his buttocks and thighs, and another with wounds to his head. The men were part of a group that had been heading back to their hotel on the night before the game when they realised they were being followed. A chase ensued but they were caught at the corner of Garibaldi Street and Piazza Garibaldi, areas which supporters will be encouraged to be wary of. The fans, attacked with sticks and iron bars, tried to take refuge in a hotel but its door was closed.

Ian Herbert

Suggested Topics
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
'I do think a woman's place is eventually in the home, but I see no harm in her having some fun before she gets there.'
tv
Arts and Entertainment
Chris Martin of Coldplay performs live for fans at Enmore Theatre on June 19, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
music
Sport
Dave Mackay lifts the FA Cup in 1967 having skippered Spurs to victory
football
Life and Style
Marie had fake ID, in the name of Johanna Koch, after she evaded capture by the Nazis in wartime Berlin
historyOne woman's secret life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
News
Jihadi John
newsMonikers like 'Jihadi John' make the grim sound glamorous
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn