August 15, 2022
Next Gen Cup: Kerala Blasters Youngsters beat Crystal Palace


Bengaluru FC and Kerala Blasters FC Reserve both finished their Next Generation Cup, 2022 campaigns by finishing fourth in their respective groups. Rob Quinn, coach of the Crystal Palace Academy team, which thrashed Kerala Blasters 4-1 in London on Saturday, was optimistic that the Next Generation Cup would provide an Indian footballer a platform for one day to play in the Premier League.

“Why not is the question. There must be no reason why not,” Quinn said. Quinn, an alumnus of the Crystal Palace Academy, said of his playing days, “The Next Generation Cup will provide the Indian youth with the level of exposure they can hope to achieve one day. I think there is definitely some optimism ” ,

The Next Generation Cup, organized by the Premier League as part of their long-standing partnership with Football Sports Development (FSDL), included five Premier League academy teams and a team from South Africa in 2022 along with reserve sides Kerala Blasters and Bengaluru FC. Was. ,

Kerala Blasters were earlier defeated by Tottenham Hotspur in the Next Gen London Group B semi-finals.

Midfielder Ayush Adhikari scored for the Indian club by converting a successful penalty kick. Quinn reserved high praise for the Tomasz Tchorez-coached side. “Kerala Blasters made for a really good physical challenge for us. I think they were determined and disciplined. They made it hard for us to break through. We had to show a lot of patience as they were difficult to break,” the 45-year-old added. Told.

Quinn also commended the joint efforts of FSDL and the Premier League in helping develop the game’s profile in India. “It is important to introduce young boys and girls to good coaching early on. I know they are trying to build the infrastructure level for football at the grassroots level in India, which is fantastic. I am sure the better There will be a lot of interested participants to be there,” he said.

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“Youth development is essential to bring in the right structure and support. You need to bring in the right funding to give young boys and girls the best chance at progress. You need to have consistent players coming in. In terms of youth, they are The energy that they bring,” Quinn concluded, emphasizing the importance of youth development for a sustainable football nation.

Meanwhile, in the Next Gen Midlands Group A, Bengaluru lost 1–6 to Nottingham Forest in the 3rd/4th place playoff, which impressed in their semi-final against Leicester City, where they lost 3–6.

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