Reserve teams in the lower leagues? That idea doesn't even work in Spain

Pep Guardiola says Premier League clubs should have reserve teams in the Championship, but his argument doesn’t hold up

By Gavin Willacy for Playing in the Shadows

Pep Guardiola regularly suggests that English football should copy the B-team system he enjoyed in Spain, where the biggest clubs enter their reserve sides into the lower leagues, some rising as high as the second tier. The Manchester City manager thinks adopting the Spanish model would help young players gain more experience of senior football and toughen them up.

“They would compete every weekend with real games, fighting to survive – then the managers in the Premier League will have more courage to pick them,” says Guardiola. “The second teams in Spain, at Barcelona or Real Madrid, play in front of 40,000 people and every weekend in the second league. In Italy or Germany, they are so tough, so demanding, they are playing with guys who are 28, 29 or 30 and that is the best way to improve, not training with the first team sometimes.”

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Source: Football News
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