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Carlos Vicens delighted as Man City beat Blackburn in FAYC

Manchester City were comfortable winners against Blackburn Rovers in their FA Youth semifinal yesterday.

Taylor Harwood-Bellis, Cole Palmer and Liam Delap would all have been in contention to be involved at Sheffield United in the Premier League less than 24 hours after the semi-final, but manager Pep Guardiola allowed them to return to the under-18s and finish the cup campaign that they all played a key role in before last season was suspended.

With the talented trio, City ran out 4-0 winners over Blackburn, led by Palmer who completed a fine week that started with his Champions League debut.

City coach Carlos Vicens said: "Happy, good performance, good result. We are where we wanted to be in the final.

"We started the game a bit nervous, took us ten mintues to know where we were and find what was happening in terms of where is the space. We managed to control it, first half we were a bit impatient in the final third. The extra pass in the final third was important to find it. We spoke about it at half time and it worked quite well in the second half. The first goal was still a tight game, we dominated these 15 minutes then they had some transition.

"We spoke at half time saying once we reached this final 35-40 minutes we need to be patient. Find the bodies, little combinations in the final third, extra pass, and the opportunity will arrive. And it did.

"They were excited about this opportunity, To be in a Youth Cup final is always an unbelievable opportunity for this academy, for these players. They were really sad end of last season we had to go into lockdown and they were so close to this final. In terms of motivation there's no job to do."

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