The Champions League squad list has been submitted, and the Women’s team are set to start their season. Let’s catch up on yesterday’s headlines.
Pollard explains the rules behind squad List A and List B.
UEFA rules state that the List A is made up of a maximum of 25 players, two of whom must be goalkeepers. There are a minimum of eight places reserved exclusively for ‘locally trained players’. If a club has fewer than eight locally trained players in their squad, then the maximum number of players on List A is reduced accordingly.
A player may be registered on List B if he is born on, or after, 1 January 2000 and has been eligible to play for the club concerned for any uninterrupted period of two years since his 15th birthday (players aged 16 may be submitted if they have been registered with the club for the previous two years).
Jack Grealish and Romeo Lavia in Man City squad for Champions League group stage fixtures - Simon Bajkowski - Manchester Evening News
How exactly is Foden on List B? Bajkowski answers that and adds on how Delap wound up there as well.
City can also register players on List B as later as the night before each match as long as those players are born on or after January 1, 2000 and have been available to play for the club for an uninterrupted period of two years since their 15th birthday. Lavia is not eligible for this list, having only joined City in 2020.
Phil Foden still qualifies for this list despite first appearing in the competition almost four years ago, meaning there should be no alarm that he does not feature in this initial list. For the first time since joining the academy, striker Liam Delap is also eligible to be on List B to give Guardiola another option up front in the congested schedule.
Jack Grealish gets to play in the Champions League games he has always dreamed of https://t.co/8U9qg9qvaS— Manchester City News (@ManCityMEN) September 3, 2021
Explained: Why Phil Foden and Liam Delap are in Manchester City’s Champions League B List - Nabeel - City Report
City Report go even further and give us the goods on young Romeo.
Clubs are allowed to register an unlimited number of players on List B during the season but must ensure that the list is submitted no later than 24:00 CET the night before a match.
Highly regarded academy holding midfielder Romeo Lavia is therefore ineligible for List B as he has only been at the club for one year after joining from Anderlecht in July 2020 – this is why he would have to be placed on List A to feature in the Champions League group stage this season.
In June, we covered information from Mike McGrath of The Telegraph, who reported that Pep Guardiola was giving serious consideration to having Lavia around his first-team squad to provide backup to his midfielders.
Much has been made of Lavia’s immense potential, with the player impressing coaches around the club along with viewers of academy football and his inclusion in Guardiola’s List A only emphasises how highly rated the young prospect is.
WSL action is back and Manchester City Women’s side kick off against the Toffees on Sunday.
The blues will be eager to make a winning start to the new season as they look to chase down current champions Chelsea and claim a second WSL title, and must overcome the team they played four times last season and emerged victorious on each occasion.
City did the league double over the Toffees last season, winning the away game 3-0 in December, before overcoming the Mersey blues 1-0 at the Academy Stadium in March. City also beat Everton 3-1 at Wembley in the Women’s FA Cup Final and recorded a victory by the same scoreline in the League Cup group stage in October.
With two of City’s contenders for the league title, Arsenal and Chelsea, duelling it out on the opening day, a win for City could be a psychological win over one or both of their rivals.
Everton Women v Manchester City Women - Match Preview and Prediction https://t.co/1CYVyYBxKE— Bitter and Blue (@BitterandBlue1) September 3, 2021
And the new striker is putting her unique name on the back of the shirt.
A summer recruit from Bordeaux, our new number 21 stands as her country’s all-time top goalscorer and hopes to help Gareth Taylor’s side to more silverware this season.
Reflecting on her decision and first few weeks at the Club, she expressed her delight, adding she has learned a lot already in her short time in Manchester.
“I’ve decided to have Bunny because it’s a big connection to who I am,” she said. “It is part of my childhood and my football journey all the way up to where I am now.
Finally, who says no to a monument to the one and only Yaya?
Unarguably one of the club’s greatest ever players, Touré’s heroic efforts throughout his time in Manchester facilitated the genesis of Manchester City’s modern success.
However, the Ivorian is seemingly not afforded the recognition that his vast achievements merit.
Touré’s incredible journey with Manchester City began in the summer of 2010, as the Ivorian arrived from Barcelona for a fee in the region of £24 million – a considerable figure, but an investment that proved to be pivotal in the evolution of Manchester City as a title-winning force.
It’s matchday for the ladies. Check in with Sky Blue News tomorrow for all the reactions.