Brendan Rodgers says Manchester City youngsters may not benefit from debuts

Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers suggests that Manchester City's five first-team debutants may not benefit from FA Cup defeat to Chelsea.

 

Brendan Rodgers has told BBC Sport that he is unsure whether Manchester City's five first-team debutants will benefit from featuring in the 5-1 defeat to Chelsea in the FA Cup fifth round.

 

With their Champions League trip to Dynamo Kiev in mind, Manuel Pellegrini had hinted that he would make several changes to his starting line-up, but he caught everyone by surprise by selecting Aleix Garcia, Manu Garcia, David Faupala, Bersant Eduar Celina and Tosin Adarabioyo.

 

After going into half time on level terms, it appeared as though the gamble could pay off but City's inexperienced side wilted after the restart as they conceded four goals, and it could have been worse had Oscar not missed a penalty.

 

It could be argued that the five youngsters will take the positives from making their first appearance in a City jersey away from home and against a strong team, but Rodgers assesses the situation differently.

 

The former Liverpool boss, who has also spent time on the background staff at Chelsea, has suggested that the quintet may feel under pressure to deliver a more positive impact when they are next named in the senior team.

 

Rodgers said on BBC's live coverage, broadcast on February 21 at 3.45pm: "In the first half, it was quite even but the two goals straight after half time killed Manchester City.

"I think whenever you do make changes as manager and put the young players in, if it finishes four, five or six one, it can sometimes have the opposite effect because you have lost heavily. It adds that little bit more pressure heading into the next game."

With City left to focus on the Premier League and Champions League after next week's League Cup final, it remains to be seen whether any of the five players will feature again this season.

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