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Davies: Players getting ready for first team life

IN CHARGE: Simon Davies looks composed on the touchline during City's victory over Manchester United

IN CHARGE: Simon Davies looks composed on the touchline during City's victory over Manchester United

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.”

Manchester City welcome Tottenham Hotspur to the Academy Stadium on Friday 13 January. Head to the ticket office for more information on how you can support our future.

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Duhaney: Spurs are one of the best in PL2

WORKING HARD: Demeaco Duhaney is eager to impress in training

Manchester City EDS defender Demeaco Duhaney believes City will come up against one of the best teams in the league when they face Tottenham Hotspur on Friday.

Duhaney, who has starred as an attacking right-back for Simon Davies’ side for much of the season, played a key role in City’s 2-1 victory at White Hart Lane in October but he expects a different match this weekend.

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Fernandes: Getting behind United made difference

WHICH WAY: Paolo Fernandes tries to fool United's Demetri Mitchell as City come forward once again

Manchester City EDS midfielder Paolo Fernandes has praised the impact of Simon Davies’ half-time team talk after three second half goals saw City to victory over Manchester United.

Fernandes scored City’s third in the 3-1 victory with a low, drilled effort as the young Blues converted their first half dominance to ensure they maintained pressure on Everton at the top of the Premier League 2 table.

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Davies: City's team spirit saw us to United win

DAVIES: The Elite Development Squad boss is delighted with his side's current form

Manchester City EDS boss Simon Davies has praised his side for the patience they demonstrated during the 3-1 victory over Manchester United.

Manchester City EDS boss Simon Davies reacts to the Premier League 2 tie at Manchester United.