“An Embarassment” – Feargal O’Hickey (VFB Stuttgart)
“A total disgrace” – David Piero (Tottenham)
“They have both been taught tonight that they wont just walk into the final.” Greg Owen (Lokomotiv Moscow)
|The Doctor speaking to his assistant Adam Johnson prior to Wednesdays so called “Youth Cup Charity Shield”|
|DP attending a counselling session after seeing his Youth Cup winners losing 2 Youth Cup matches on the bounce – and he cant see the problem|
With both DP and The Doctor (the previous two winners of the Youth Cup) failing to pick up any points last night and both sitting bottom of their respective groups it was a evening where the Youth Cup media (who attended 23 matches in total) could concentrate and find time to consider the “other” managers with smaller egos.
Managers of the evening are:
1. Stephen Beddows (AC Milan), a manager with no go and who regularly visits the island of Lampadusa to coach football to the refugee children and refuses to spend his evenings with Brabara in favour of working on Youth projects in and around Milan led his side to a brillant 4-0 victory against Donetsk. “I am pleased with the start, we have worked hard to build what I believe to be a decent youth side and I hope we can win the group first and foremost.”
2. Tom Parfitt (Levante), so often a manager associated with failure, and failure not just in the league but also in last seasons Youth Cup, Success though is something that all of us can achieve when we work hard and Parfitt has done well to build a strong youth side which was reflected last night in a Moscow. Levante won 4-2 against Daniel Innes CSKA Moscow side, a side who last season reached round 2 after winning a difficult group – Could Levante be this season’s Lokomotiv?
3. David Senior (Valencia), A senior man in age to many yes, but also in his tactical knowledge and understanding of the game. When the draw was made and it saw him stuck in a Group of Egos alongside the likes of Reynolds (Dortmund) and DP (Juventus) he said nothing and refused to even consider Valencia progressing in this competition yet last night they won 4-0 away to Everton – a demolition more effective and efficient than how Hillary Clinton will demolish Donald Trump trumpet.
4. Greg Owen (Lokomotiv), what a stunning start for last seasons losing Cup finalist a 4-1 destruction of Beskitas and the Prince of Persia. Besiktas could not cope with the freezing temperatures in Moscow last night and the fact that Mr Putin himself had decided to attend the game was clearly on the Loko players minds and they were sensational. Could Greg go all the way again?
5. Zaid Griffin (Feyenoord), the Dutch side were making their Youth Cup debut last night and had to go to last years semi-finalist Villarreal and Andrew Kelly. Feyenoord fought hard and well and came away with what could turn out to be a highly valuable point. 2-2.
Youth Cup Team of the Week – BEST XI:
League Tables on the relevant page have also been updated.