Guardiola Reflects On Man City Youngsters' Valuable Learning Experience
City join the likes of Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Real Madrid in the quarter-finals,
City sailed through to the Champions League quarterfinals after they played out a 0-0 draw against Sporting in their last-16 second leg on Wednesday, progressing 5-0 on aggregate. City had already done the hard work in their thrashing of the Portuguese side in the first leg three weeks ago in Lisbon.
Egan-Riley, City's Elite Development Squad captain, started under the Etihad lights while Premier League 2's leading scorer McAtee was introduced as a half-time substitute against the Portuguese champions.
Luke Mbete also entered the fray late on for his senior Champions League bow and although City were frustrated by the visitors, a comprehensive 5-0 first leg victory had already all but guaranteed our progression to the quarter-finals.
And Guardiola was proud of the young trio's performances, believing their exposure to Europe's elite competition will prove invaluable as they continue to develop.
Focusing on Egan-Riley and McAtee in particular, the City boss reflected, "CJ doesn't make mistakes which is so important as a defender (and) McAtee played well.Macca is quite calm and a guy who is in a good direction. He got minutes in the second half and has played previous games. IANS