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07 Dec 2010 11:27:59

| Submit Comments| Comments (19)| Printable Version1/1Play SlideshowClose MapJohn Guidetti was on target against AjaxEurope's top clubs are set to press ahead with a junior Champions League which Manchester City have helped to pioneer. The Blues youngsters played a behind-closed-doors match against Ajax in Amsterdam last month as part of a scheme for an under-18 version of the elite European competition to begin next season and initially called the New Generation League. Liverpool also played Celtic as many of Europe?s top clubs have thrown their weight behind the idea, aimed at under-18 players. Chelsea, Tottenham and Sporting Lisbon have also been heavily involved in devising the plan, with the two Milan clubs, Real Madrid and Barcelona now reported to have added their considerable weight to it. The idea is to give young players experience of the different pressures of playing midweek games in Europe, and to come across different styles of play. Eventually, organisers hope that the Youth Champions League will run parallel to the senior tournament, and finals may even be played as curtain-raiser to the main event in May. The tournament is due to kick off next season, although it is likely to be a scaled-down version possibly involving the youth teams of the last eight clubs involved in the main competition, or simply a straightforward 16-team tournament. City drew 1-1 with Ajax last month, with their Swedish under-21 star John Guidetti scoring the goal. What do you think? Have your say.| Submit Comments| Comments (19)| Printable VersionAdd A CommentEnter your comments:Sending


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