La Masia has always been a place where BarcelonaThe youngsters know that there is a way to the first team if they impress. It became the norm in the 1990s and has continued ever since.
A decade ago, under pep Guardiola, Barcelona had almost a whole XI of academy graduates Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets, Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi and Cesc Fabregas everyone at the club during their best days as players.
Now they are experiencing a second batch under Ronald Koeman as Pedri, Ansu Fati, Gavi and Nico everyone is promoted to the first team, each with the potential to become a star.
The Catalans have always had an eye for young talent and the ability to develop them into elite professionals. Gavi‘s debut with Spain at the age of 17 years and 60 days shows he can achieve anything in football and Barcelona have a midfield trident with an average age of under 18.
real MadridFor their part, they have always had more reservations about putting young Castilla players on the first team. There is not the same culture of trust in the youth players, they are loaned out first.
Take a look at Atletico Madrid and you will find both Marcos Llorente and Mario Hermosowho, despite their talent, had to leave Real Madrid to play in LaLiga Santander.
Barcelona‘s policy is different real Madrid‘s, and they owe it Johan Cruyff and his legacy in the club. Los Blancos, on the flip side, have increasingly placed an emphasis on instant results, despite the fact that in recent years they have made players take the leap, such as Lucas Vazquez and Dani Carvajal, but only after you’ve stepped away first.