As Manchester City prepared for a fourth FA Youth Cup final in five years, there was an almost tangible excitement around the Academy Stadium, very simialr to the Youth Cup run in 2017 when the side contained now star names such as Jadon Sancho, Phil Foden and Brahim Diaz. When there is such excitement to see teenagers take to the pitch, you know there is special talent on display.
It was a night of heartbreak once again in the FA Youth Cup for Manchester City, as after such repeated disappointment against Chelsea in recent years, City's youth team saw their long-held dream of lifting England's premier youth competition creully snatched away from them by Liverpool on penalties.
With Manchester City's world stars returning to the top of the Premier League on Sunday, it is worth remembering that they have a host of brilliant talents waiting for their chance to shine. Ben Golding speaks to @MCFCReserves&Academy for the low-down on City's young stars in what was a resurgent February.