City first-teamers back future generation


Manchester City first-teamers Vincent Kompany and Pablo Zabaleta have lent their support to the club's young guns as they aim to end the Nextgen Series in style.

Having lost their first five group games, City's Under-19's are playing for pride in their final group game against Marseille.

Several first-team players have been along to watch the youngsters in action as they played both Barcelona and Celtic, and the pair, who featured for City in Napoli on Wednesday, believe its a great experience for those young players.

"When I was that age, if any of the first-team players took an interest in what we were doing, it was a massive boost for us.

"There are enough good players in the team, and they will know this is the time to make it happen. You keep going no matter where you stand in the table.

"It's a big test for the youngsters. It's very important at that age they get big games.

"Experience doesn't just come by winning, sometimes you have to lose as well. It's not a negative when you're that age, the important thing is that you learn from it.

"This tournament gives them a chance to experience different styles of football. They'll learn from this, and it will be a great help when they reach senior level."

Zabaleta said: "It's very important that they've played in Europe. Playing in Spain and France brings them experience outside English football, which is often more long ball.

"They are the future, and this is a very important time for them to be learning. At that age you need to keep improving, keep your feet on the floor, then take your chance when it comes."

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