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Manuel Pellegrini stresses on youth

Abu Dhabi: Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini may have his sights on a historic quadruple after winning the League One Cup last week, but still believes the league title is the most coveted of all. Speaking to XPRESS following his side’s classy League One Cup final win over Sunderland, Pellegrini said: “I have to say the league title is the most important trophy to win as it shows how you have performed all season.

“The cups are fantastic and do help with momentum in the league – we will keep going and try and win all our games. That is all you can focus on.”

The 60-year-old Chilean also stressed the importance of having young players in the side and during a recent visit to the club’s School of Football in Abu Dhabi, he said: “You must have the right balance between young players you bring through the club and those that come from other clubs.

“That is why having the correct youth system at Manchester City is so important and something we work on every day to improve and find players who can come from the youth set-up and into the first team squad.

“You can find good young players anywhere in the world and with Manchester City now a major club in Europe, we must look at the best young players and the best of those who are more established.”

There are now more than 700 young players being coached at the Manchester City School of Football, which is located at Zayed Sports City, with both boys and girls welcome.

The team of coaches have all worked at Manchester City FC and use exactly the same methods as those being used by Pellegrini and his backroom staff with the first team.

The former Real Madrid coach added: “A lot of the football world looks at the Barcelona system and it is very good how they have brought through young players and also bought some others.

“We are different here at Manchester City in terms of our outlook and approach but in principle we are like them in the emphasis on youth.”