Athletic Club Seeded Against Norwich, Tottenham, And Wolfburg In The Group Stages Of The Premier League U23 Cup

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Athletic Club will compete in the Premier League U23 International Cup (Optimus)

Athletic Club have been a staple in the Premier League U23 International Cup since it was started in 2014. The Lions have performed well and made it to the quarterfinals every season until they failed to make it out of the group stages last year. This year they will be looking to make another deep run and give their young stars the chance to play against top opponents and gain valuable experience.

On Monday Athletic announced that they have been seeded in Group C which also contains Norwich City, Tottenham Hotspur, and Wolfsburg. It will be a difficult group, but the Katxorros are hopeful that they can advance to the knockout stages. Villarreal is the only other club from La Liga that will be competing in the tournament.

As usual, selecting a team will be interesting for Athletic. Several players that meet the age requirements are already key players in the first team and won’t be chosen. At the same time young stars like Gorka Guruzeta could feature, but will either be kept in the senior squad or sent out on loan to the Segunda. Regardless, there is plenty of talent in Lezama and this tournament will give many young prospects the chance to compete at the highest level and take the next step towards reaching their dreams of playing at the San Mamés.

The Groups for the 2018/2019 Premier League U23 International Cup are as follows:

Group A: Southampton, West Ham, Porto, Dinamo Zagreb

Group B: Leicester, Reading, Sparta Prague, Feyenoord

Group C: Norwich City, Tottenham, Athletic, Wolfsburg

Group D: Brighton, Everton, Bayern, Benfica

Group E: Liverpool, Swansea, Hertha, Villarreal

Group F: Derby County, Manchester United, PSG, PSV

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