EDS & Academy

Lavia targets strong finish in PL2 finale

Romeo Lavia expects City’s Elite Development Squad to finish our Premier League 2 campaign against Everton at the Etihad Stadium with a flourish, describing winning as part of the Club’s fabric.

Brian Barry-Murphy’s youngsters secured back-to-back league titles in our penultimate match of the campaign following a 3-1 win away to Leeds.

It means that City will lift the PL2 trophy at the conclusion of our clash with the Toffees, with the match also available to watch live on CITY+.

And despite our EDS already being guaranteed the title, Lavia says he and his teammates won’t be taking their foot off the pedal.

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“I think that’s the fabric of Manchester City. It’s a winning mentality,” he explained.

“Just because we’ve won the title doesn’t mean we don’t go into the next game and next season with the same mindset.

“Next season we’re going in to win every trophy that we can. We’ve won the league but we know for example that we didn’t quite make it through the group stage in the UEFA Youth League, so we’ll target that as well.

“It’s just a winning mentality and we want to keep on going.”

Lavia enjoyed a rapid rise through the ranks after joining the Club in 2020, playing a major role in both of last season’s PL2 and Under-18 Premier League title victories.

The Belgian was recognised for his standout performances when he received the PL2 player of the season award and has since gone on to make his senior debut in our Carabao Cup win over Wycombe in September.

The midfielder has welcomed the more senior role he has taken on for Brian Barry-Murphy’s side across the current campaign, taking inspiration from his time training with Pep Guardiola’s men.

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“Personally, I feel like I’ve had more responsibilities (this season). Last year I was more coming up, but now I feel like a ‘proper’ EDS player.

“It was great to see the likes of Tomas Galvez come up and do what I did last season. I would say it feels better than last season.

“It’s improved my leadership skills, I think.

“Especially with the experience of being around the first team I know what to say, like the way the first team players have treated me, that’s how I’m going to treat the younger ones.

“It’s just about knowing what your role is and using it in a good way."

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