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Vicens: Title race a great experience for Under-18s

Vicens: Title race a great experience for Under-18s
Carlos Vicens believes Manchester City's Premier League Under-18 North title run in will be a great experience for his Under-18s squad.

City head into the final four games of the season five points behind league leaders Manchester United, however Vicens' side do have two games in hand on our title rivals.

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As a result, the Under-18s boss believes the upcoming, exciting run in will be a great experience for the City youngsters.

"It is a great experience, experiencing this at 16,17,18 years-old is great."

Vicens also feels facing such an enthralling title race at academy level will put the City youngters in good stead for later in their playing careers.

"It gets you closer to what it might be if you one day make the first team who could face a title race in two, three, four years.

"Even if you are not here in first team football you can face a title race so having the experience will bring lots of learning for the players."

The Under-18s return to action this Saturday, as we take on Blackburn Rovers at the City Football Academy, a game Vicens feels will be a tough one for his side.

"They are in great form. What we have seen recently is that they are doing great since they recovered some important players, it will be a challenge."

The two sides played out a stalemate in the reverse fixture, with the game ending 1-1 courtesy of late Rovers equaliser, in a frustating day for Vicens and his team.

"We remember well how we ended up drawing the game last time when we were almost there just before Christmas. 

"That was a frustrating day for us and we will have it in our minds next week."

Despite the dissapointing result in the last meeting, the head-coach hopes the players can use the frustrations from December as a spring board for motivation in this one.

"We will try [to use it as motivation].

"The important thing for us is always how we push ourselves, how we follow the process, how we go as a team again and how we put effort in and play for each other.

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"We remember that Blackburn - when you are not at your best - is a challenge so we will be focused for Saturday."

This weekend's clash with Rovers is the first of four crucial games in the run in, and the Under-18s boss believes it is important to take the title race game-by-game.

"It’s a great position to be in and we will take it a game at a time. The focus is Blackburn, and only Blackburn."

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