It’s not everyday one of the world’s greatest managers stops by to give you praise. That’s exactly what happened to Aberdeen 2008s though after Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola stopped by to speak to the young Dons.
The Aberdeen stars of the future were in Manchester this weekend to take part in the Manchester City International Cup. It looks to have been a great experience for the boys, getting the chance to take on the likes of Juventus and Chelsea.
After their first win of the tournament over Girona, City first team boss Guardiola stopped by to congratulate the Aberdeen youngsters.
Making memories! Pep Guardiola congratulates the @AberdeenFC youngsters after their 2-1 win over FC Girona at the Man City International Cup this afternoon. #YoungDonsInEurope pic.twitter.com/LNtdINlnv9
— Aberdeen FC Youth Academy (@AberdeenFCYouth) May 4, 2019
The Aberdeen 2008s fell out of the tournament in the quarter-finals, losing a tight game 1-0 to Chelsea. The players of tomorrow still performed admirably throughout the tournament, getting results against Girona and Wigan Athletic, whilst also testing themselves against some of Europe’s top young stars.
It is no doubt an experience that will live forever in the memory of the next batch of Dons talent. Taking on some of the world’s most famous sides, and competing with them, is one thing. For arguably the best manager in the world to praise you is another entity all together.
This was an incredible gesture by Guardiola. Some managers wouldn’t have even thought about doing something like this. For him to take time out of his busy schedule to talk to these young stars is beneficial beyond measure.
Aberdeen’s youngsters have certainly had a weekend to remember.