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Anant Tyagi believes the reserve teams of BFC and Kerala Blasters FC have been presented with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in the Next Gen Cup as they face Premier League teams. Both teams finished in the top two of the inaugural Reliance Foundation Development League (RFDL) and will gain exposure to football in the UK. The teams also got an opportunity to meet Premier League legends, Jermain Defoe and Wes Morgan.

“There is so much excitement with the PL NexGen Cup. I’m sure those kids from Bengaluru FC and Kerala Blasters FC are not complaining. What a moment it is for them. All credit to the Reliance Foundation Development League for giving these boys a platform to express themselves, and hone their skills.” Anant Tyagi spoke about the opportunity the Next Gen Cup presents. “Massive props to the Premier League for continuing their work with the Hero ISL to support and develop the growth of football in India which obviously provides that brilliant opportunity right for these young players from our two favorite leagues so to say to compete against each other, understand each other’s cultures better and as a result.”

“The average age of the BFC squad is just 18 and a half but even for guys who all made senior appearances, this is still the next step even for Kerala who are using some of their players to be scouted or at least come on the radar of international scouts,” he added. “BFC taking on Leicester City or KBFC playing Spurs, even if it’s the next Gen Cup, this is the stuff of dreams. I was able to interact with both teams. The experience is one part, but these boys are here to win. After the game against Wimbledon, I had a chat with BFC captain Namgyal Bhutiya and he said that we are here to win.”

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