Jason Wilcox’s Manchester City youngsters travel to Leicester City on Wednesday night looking for a place in the FA Youth Cup final. The Blues hold a 3-0 lead going into the second leg of the semi-final and they will be confident of finishing the job at the King Power stadium.
Last month, the Under-18s put in a professional and dominant performance, going 2-0 up before half-time through goals from Aaron Nemane and Denzeil Boadu.
Speaking to the Manchester Evening News after the first leg, coach Wilcox knows there is room for improvement:
“"Our first half performance was better than the second if I'm honest. We got a little bit sloppy, taking too many touches and not switching play enough. But I'm being highly critical.
"I just thought we got a bit sloppy second half and to go down to the King Power Stadium with only a 2-0 lead wasn't a true reflection of the game.
"Three-nil - or more - was a true reflection and the biggest thing for us is Leicester know that not only are we a good football team but we work our socks off for each other as well and we're very disciplined and organised."
Leicester will be a tough opponent on Wednesday and City will need to be well organised and disciplined. If the home side can steal an early goal, they will smell the opportunity for mounting a comeback.
Back in January, the Under-21 sides met in the Premier League and although they went 2-0 down, Leicester City came back to win 3-2 against Patrick Vieira’s Elite Developmental Squad. With some of the same players taking part on Wednesday, they will have to be more aware of the threat of their opponents and stop lightning from striking twice.
The winner will play Chelsea in the Youth Cup Final.