Manchester City EDS boss Simon Davies believes this week’s busy schedule will help prepare his players for a future in senior football.
City saw off Manchester United in the Premier League 2 derby on Monday night and will face Tottenham Hotspur this Friday.
Davies’ side are currently two points behind leaders Everton at the top of the Premier League 2 table but he insists development, not league position, is his main focus.
He said: “For us it’s two games in five days, which is closer to a first team schedule, so we’ve spoken to the boys about how they’re managing themselves away from the training ground to make sure that they’re ready to put in a good performance.
“The league is important but making sure these players are in a position to make their mark on senior football and have long, successful careers is the main reason for what we’re doing here.”
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City beat Tottenham at White Hart Lane in October thanks to goals from Javairo Dilrosun and Paolo Fernandes but Davies expects a tough challenge at the Academy Stadium.
He said: “Tottenham drew with a good Chelsea side at the weekend and they’re a very tough team. I’m very surprised at their position in the league but they have some very good players and a good way of playing that comes from the way the first team manager plays.
“There are similarities there and it will be an interesting game.”
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