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Tottenham U18 coach Ingelthorpe hails German youth development

Tottenham U18 coach Alex Inglethorpe has confessed his admiration for German football.

Spurs face Wolfsburg in their next game of the NextGen series.

"They changed their whole philosophy in terms of developing players, rewrote the book and they did it very well," Inglethorpe told the Spurs website. "Matthias Sammer was largely responsible in putting together a blueprint for development and they've followed that.

"It was based around positive football and it's given them enough scope to be creative. They pushed players forward from their Under-21s very early on and those players have really developed.

"Germany has always been a strong footballing nation with top sides such as Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund continually producing quality players. The likes of Ozil, Khedira and Muller are fine examples and you can see a conveyor belt of talent coming through. They are going to be a force for years to come at national and club level.

"That's why our game against Wolfsburg is one to look forward to," he continued. "They have some very good young players and it will be a test for us. This competition is the equivalent of the Champions League for youth sides and you're not going to get any easy matches."

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