21st April 2017
In our latest Academy column, U18s boss Neil Critchley tells us about last weekend’s trip to Germany and why there is still plenty to play for as his side try to become national champions at the end of the season.
Last week we took the U19 squad to Germany, where we competed for the Champions Cup against some of the best teams in Europe. We reached the semi-finals of the tournament held in Dusseldorf and finished in fourth place overall and it was a great experience for the players. We had a good time and we were well received by the tournament organisers because it’s a few years since we were last there.
It was a very well-organised tournament and we lost to the eventual winners Red Bull Salzburg 1-0 in the semi-final. We were a little bit unfortunate to lose that game but overall it was a really good experience. We got the chance to play against different teams from all around the world and it was good for our boys to challenge themselves against that calibre of teams. We played very well overall and beat FC Cruzeiro and Benfica in our group games. The games only lasted 50 minutes so it was always going to be tight and be decided by the big moments, and that is what happened in the semi-final. We had most of the ball and most of the chances but they took their chance and that was the difference. They were clinical and that is why we went out.
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