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  • Updated: September 25, 2020

'We Need Players From The Academy' - Pep Guardiola On City's Injury Crisis

Manchester City Manager, Pep Guardiola, gave the green light to the academy players right after defeating Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup after injury crisis at the Ethiad left him with just 13 fit senior players in his squad.

AllNews reports that youthful City defeated EPL relegated Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup on Thursday night with a 2-1 scoreline at the Ethiad turf.

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Phil Foden assisted in the opening goal for Guardiola's side before sealing the game with a goal of his own in the 75th minute.

With a number of senior players off the squad due to injuries and rest for others, City's starting side boasts of youngsters like Adrian Bernabe, Thomas Doyle, Taylor Harwood-Bellis, and Delap.

"It was a good game, but all our young players played at a high level, Tommy, Taylor, Liam. All of them were really good," Guardiola said post-match.

Pep liked what he saw and would use the academy players more in the coming weeks.

"With the situation, we have right now, we need players from the academy. We have just 13 players fit. With the problems we have upfront, he will stay with us. We will use him.

"We cannot forget, like with Phil, he is only 17 years old. He has a lot of things to improve. We cannot anticipate the progress of every young player.

"We’ve had Phil, Eric, Liam and we have Cole Palmer, who will be an exceptional player.

"We congratulate the academy. I am the last step, but before there are a lot of people in the club working for this and it is a big success for them. Jason Wilcox is the academy boss who helps us have these players. That’s why you have the Academy. When you need players we can use it. It depends on the quality of the player.

"When they have the desire, work ethic and quality is good, they will have chances. Tommy played incredibly well as a holding midfield. Taylor as well. These guys did not play one game for the last three months.

"This was the first 90 minutes. They played a team that was in the Premier League last season and top of the Championship right now.

"I would say congratulations to the club for providing these players for us."

Manchester City next faces Leicester City in the Premier League on Sunday at the Etihad. 

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