Manchester City’s youngsters appeared to be following the example set by the senior side as they succumbed to a telling defeat in the youth team equivalent of the Champions League on Thursday.
While Roberto Mancini’s men were coming to terms with their 2-1 defeat at the hands of Napoli in the EUFA Champions League, the mixture of Academy and Elite Development Squad Players succumbed to their sixth successive defeat in the NextGen series as Marseille inflicted a 2-1 defeat at Hyde's Ewen Fields on Thursday.
The defeat, which left City’s youngsters without a win in the tournament, did however come with some positives as 17-year-old Jordy Hiwula scored on his debut in the competition.
Coach Andy Welsh remained adamant after the game that despite his side’s poor record in the NextGen, it had been a worthwhile exercise for his young charges.
"Regardless of our results, we have benefited enormously from our involvement in the tournament,” he said.
“We know we have to raise our standards because we have certainly conceded too many goals.”
Marseille youngster Jonathan Santiago opened the scoring for the visitors before Hiwula’s headed effort bought the sides level, but with 11 minutes remaining Brice Bonelli made amends for missing an earlier penalty to seal his side’s progression into the next stage of the competition.