Carson an ideal role model for young people

Pep Guardiola thinks Scott Carson is the perfect player for Manchester City’s youngsters.

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The City boss has advised the club’s Academy hopefuls to spend as much time as possible with the 36-year-old goalkeeper, who he believes can provide them with an ideal education as they embark on their careers in the club. professional soccer.

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Carson has established himself as a highly valued member of the first team since joining the Etihad Stadium in the summer of 2019.

Signed to provide experienced cover as a third-choice goalkeeper, the England international has become an important figure in the dressing room and Guardiola says City’s group of promising youngsters can benefit from his wisdom.

“The best advice I can give young players is to stick around Scott Carson as much as possible in the locker room and on the pitch,” he said in his pre-match press conference ahead of the trip. from City to Crystal Palace.

“It would be better than being with me. If they spend a lot of time [with him]listening and paying attention is the best advice and learning they can get on their future career.

“Every second he is training and every minute you arrive on the pitch and in the locker room [with Carson]you appreciate.

“It’s as if the young actors had to be with the old actors on the set. They are wiser and have the values ​​of the profession.

Carson played the final 17 minutes of City’s goalless draw with Sporting as we headed into the Champions League quarter-finals with a 5-0 aggregate win.

Top of the Premier League and in the last eight of the FA Cup, the result leaves City on course for what would be a famous treble, but thoughts of such achievements are far from Guardiola’s mind.

The Catalan says he doesn’t use the prospect of such success as inspiration, repeating his mantra that his team must focus only on the next game.

“No, it doesn’t motivate me,” he added, when asked about the prospect of a hat-trick. “Absolutely useless.

“The reality is harsher than you suggest. You have to understand that high level sport is so competitive and so difficult. All we have to do is try to win at Crystal Palace.

“I’m happy we’re in the quarter-finals. The top eight teams in Europe. It will be so tough, and I guess it will be tough for the opponents to play against us.

“It’s step by step. Now we have to recover, increase our level and in the end we will see.”

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Rebecca R. Santistevan