The Champions League is a “child's game” for Copenhagen. 'FCK' became one of the revelations of the tournament -classified for the round of 16 leaving Manchester United and Galatasaray in the gutter– with an average age of 25.9 years.

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Parken's kings will be looking for their toughest game against Manchester City tonight. We are, a priori, facing the most unequal draw in the round of 16. The Copenhagen team is, according to 'Transfermarkt', the third least valuable (84.60 million euros) of the 32 who started the Champions League. On the other hand, City, the current champion, has the most expensive: 1,260 kilos.

“What Copenhagen is achieving in Europe is the result of the excellent work it has been doing for years. “You don't just get there with a big budget, you also get there by continually investing in a philosophy.”Explain Ruben Sell to score.

Not only do you get there with a big budget, but you continually invest in a philosophy.

Ruben Sell

“The biggest club in Scandinavia”

The now Reading manager was Jess Thorup's second coach at FCK, shortly before becoming Hasenhttl's right-hand man at Southampton: “Copenhagen is the biggest club in Denmark and Scandinavia in terms of followers, in terms of social mass… It has become a reference.”

Sells points to a key figure in the 'boom' of the champion of five of the last eight editions of the Danish Superliga: “In 2020, after the departure of Stale Solbakken and the arrival of Peter Christiansen as director of football, there was a major restructuring. Peter, who I met in Aarhus, was the one who took me to Copenhagen. In my opinion, he brought coherence and great management at the organizational level.”

“He tried to hire the most prominent young people from Scandinavia, like Bardghi, and from Iceland and continued the high-performance model installed at the Academy”, insists the Spanish coach.

He tried to hire the most prominent young people from Scandinavia, like Bardghi, and from Iceland

Ruben Sell

A brutal litter

Froholdt (17 years old), Bardghji (18), Skarsson (19), Clem (19) and Jelert (20) They broke down the main team's door, like Oscar (19) and Emil Hojlund (19), brothers of Manchester United's '9'. Furthermore, they recently transferred Haraldsson (Lille/15 million), Kristiansen (Leicester/14), Wind (Wolfsburg/12), Daramy (Ajax/12)…

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“There is a clear progression model in which the best talents move to the main team without any problems. It all started when we won the League and reached the Champions League in 2022 and continued with Jacob Neestrup, who trained as a coach at the Academy and was Thorup's assistant.”explains Sells.

Bet on newcomers… without giving up on veterans. “It's a dynamic model. The talent of young players like Jelert has to be combined with players at their peak, like Falk or Lerager,” he said. explains the coach of Reading, from the English Third Division.

It is a dynamic model. The talent of young players like Jelert must be combined with players at the peak of their performance, like Falk or Lerager

Ruben Sell

The Copenhagen mix has an explanation. “The ideosyncracy and DNA of the club are quite clear. Copenhagen is a competitive team that has to fight for the best”, concludes Rubn Sells. Guardiola's City already knows what awaits him.

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'FCK' has been there for 63 days!!! without playing

Winter break could affect 'FCK'. The Danish champion played their last official game on December 12th, when they beat Galatasaray (1-0). He has only played friendlies since then. “It could be an advantage. We are fresh and can give 100%,” said Claesson.