The boys gave it their all in PSG defeat

Manchester City’s Elite Development Squad boss Brian Barry-Murphy could not fault his players’ efforts despite our 3-1 UEFA Youth League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain.

A foul by winger Djeidi Gassama and a counterattack by Wilson Odobert was enough to earn the Parisians all three points at Akademistadion.

Rico Lewis got a late consolation, but it was to no avail as City bowed out of the competition in the group stage.

And although Barry-Murphy feels that we were ultimately punished by the guests ‘danger during the break, he was full of admiration for the players’ desire and determination throughout the 90 minutes.

“We started reasonably well and had good ball possession. I think PSG were very happy to sit and try to counter because they are so potent on it,” the EDS boss reflected.

“In those situations where our attacking play is not accurate or clinical, the number of attacks you have to defend is more than you want and they are dangerous.

“That was the theme of the first half, and when they first got the goal, it had an even bigger impact on how the game developed.

“Our boys gave everything right to the last, but it was a tough fight for us.

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“Throughout my career, one can see some real magical moments in the difficult times, and I still eventually saw some really creative attacking play and sharp movements that were encouraging.

“We attack right to the end, the challenge is always when the position is what it was, you want to go and score a goal, but you realize that the opponents’ greatest strength is that the moment you move forward can break.

“There’s no embarrassment to me as to the outcome, but of course there is disappointment as to the outcome for the whole group and myself at the helm of it.”

Although Barry-Murphy is disappointed that City’s UEFA Youth League campaign ends after our last group match against RB Leipzig, he believes it has been an invaluable experience for his team.

And the EDS boss has urged his players to go out on a limb when we travel to Germany to meet The red bulls in two weeks.

He said: “To be honest, I have loved every moment of it (City’s UYL campaign), and right from the start of the expectations of the players themselves, one could (also) sense it.

“When it ends, it’s disappointing. I’ve talked a lot about how important it was that we keep going until the very end.

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“And you can see that the real seeds for some very important careers are starting to form in that situation.

“It will be the same against Leipzig, it will be a very important match for us in terms of how we approach it and how we play.”

The next in Manchester City’s EDS is a Premier League 2 showdown at home against Leeds United, where the match will be broadcast live on CITY +.

Kick-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. 19:00 (UK) on Monday 29 November, with the live broadcast starting five minutes before the action begins.

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