Having secured back-to-back PL2 titles in hugely impressive manner last term, City’s Under-21s began the new season in equally eye-catching fashion, securing a superb 3-0 win away at Liverpool in last weekend’s opener.
Now the focus switches to Sunday’s first home game against the young Foxes. City’s EDS secured a fine 5-0 home win over Leicester last October before the two teams fought out a goalless draw in the East Midlands.
And for his part, Barry-Murphy is fully expecting a stern test for his new-look squad.
And with several members of last season’s set-up either having moved away on loan or permanent deals and others now being part of the first team set-up, he says it will be another ideal challenge for his young charges.
“I do imagine it will be a tough game," Barry-Murphy declared.
“Last season (here) it was a tough game despite the scoreline, and Cole (Palmer) scored a hat trick from nowhere having played for the first team earlier that day.
“This season I think we will need to share out the goals a bit more and that’s an exciting challenge because it puts more responsibilities on the rest of the squad.
"But I know they can do that, and I think Sunday’s game will be another very good example of how tough this season will be and how much of a challenge for our young players who have come up from the regionalised youth league.”
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