The Junior Honor Division of the Academy of Valencia CF, which has been drawn in the UEFA Youth League group stage with Juventus, Manchester United and Young Boys, will face the same first round of the continental competition as the first team and from which only the first classified of each group will go directly to the round of 16.
The team trained by Miguel Ángel Ferrer 'Mista' will face two very powerful rivals like Juventus and Manchester United, who are also betting on their lower categories and who, without a doubt, will demand maximum concentration from the players. valencianistas to move forward. Mista talked to valenciacf.com that "there is a very nice and exciting challenge facing two historic clubs, we know the difficulty of the group, but we are Valencia CF, we have been able to reach two finals. Our goal is to fight to the maximum, defend the crest in each match and, above all, enjoy this beautiful and exciting competition. "
The eight-second teams of this group stage will play the 'play-off' against the eight surviving clubs of the National Champions route (the national youth champions of the 32 federations with the best coefficient in the UEFA ranking in 2017), that will be decided at home in a single match. The winners of this match will go to the second round of the UEFA Youth League.
The direct knockout phase begins in the round of 16 and consists of single-match eliminations. The semifinals will be played on Saturday, April 20 and the final, three days later, on Tuesday the 23rd at the Colovray Stadium, just opposite the UEFA headquarters in Nyon.
The Youth League premiered in the 2013-14 season in which FC Barcelona was the first champion. A campaign later was Chelsea, who repeated in 2015,16, Salzburg won it in the 2016-17 edition and last season, again FC Barcelona lifted the Cup by beating Chelsea.
The objective of the players trained by Miguel Ángel Ferrer 'Mista' is to complete a great tournament, go step by step, especially after the difficult pairing in the draw and demonstrate the competitive nature of the squad in this demanding competition. It will be the second participation of Valencia CF in the UEFA Youth League after being eliminated in the round of 16-16 in a controversial penalty shoot-out against Chelsea, in which the referee did not grant a goal by Alberto Gil. .
Group Phase Calendar
Matchday 1 of the UEFA Champions League: September 18/19
Matchday 2 of the UEFA Champions League: 2/3 October
First round: October 3
Matchday 3 of the UEFA Champions League: October 23/24
First round: October 24
Matchday 4 of the UEFA Champions League: 6/7 November
The second round of the national champions route, one round: November 7
Matchday 5 of the UEFA Champions League: 27/28 November
Second round: November 28
Matchday 6 of the UEFA Champions League: December 11/12
The draw of the playoffs: December 17
'Play-offs': 19/20 February
The draw o(of 1/: 22 of February
1/8 finals: March 12/13
Quarterfinals: 2/3 April
Semifinals: April 26, Nyon
Final: April 29, Nyon
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