Bytyqi determined to channel near misses into league glory
- 30 April 2014 11:27
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
Patrick Vieira believes that it’s already been a successful season for his Elite Development Squad, regardless of the result in the u21 Premier League semi-final against Chelsea.
However, that doesn’t mean that the Frenchman and his team won’t do everything they can to book a place in the final at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday night.
The 19-year old Kosovo-born winger has made 34 appearances across four competitions this year and he’s eager to channel his disappointment at near-misses earlier in the campaign into league glory.
City were edged by out by a single goal in both the UEFA Youth League quarter-final against Benfica in March and the Premier League Cup final versus Reading 10 days ago, giving Sinan all of the motivation he needs to perform against the Londoners.
“It’s a very big game for us, for the coaching staff and for the club because at the start of the season our target was to finish in the top four, to get into the play-offs,” Bytyqi told mcfc.co.uk.
“We did it, so we’re very happy but now everyone is focused on the game on Thursday.
“Everyone was disappointed to lose to Reading and to Benfica but we have to forget that and look to the next game and try to win it.
“Chelsea are a very strong team, they finished first in the table and it’s going to be very difficult for us.
“I think we have to be aggressive and show them that we can beat them, it’s going to be very good for us.”
As if any more incentive was required, Sinan also wants to beat Chelsea to give something back to his manager for the role he has played in his development this season.
Vieira was appointed as Head of City EDS last summer and Bytyqi can’t praise the Frenchman enough for helping him and his teammates to improve their games, individually and collectively, over the last 12 months.
“Since Patrick came into the set up, he’s changed everything," Bytyqi said.
"We play with confidence and every game we get better and better."
“We play good football, we like to move the ball quickly, along the floor – everyone is loving playing football this year."
“Patrick and the coaching staff have given us everything – they’re in first every morning and are in late every day. They teach us more every day and we want to give them something back also, by winning something this season.”
Remember, all proceeds raised for the game will go to #StephensStory, the charity set up by 19-year old Stephen Sutton.
Tickets for Thursday night’s game are £3 for adults, £1 for concessions and full details can be found here.
Seasoncard holders can attend the game for free but please donate to Stephen’s Story by visiting his Just Giving page here or you can donate £5 by texting STEPHEN to 70500.
You can keep up to date with Stephen’s progress on Twitter at @_StephensStory.
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