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Given that Pep Guardiola has called for B-Teams, again, I’d like to, explain, again, why quite a lot of us would prefer that not to happen.

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In a video of a presser published today, Guardiola (known for his outstanding track record working with minimal resources) said his young players should be playing every week in the Championship or L1 to aid development.

He says it “would be the best” for English football.
What Pep actually means is: It would be best for Manchester City.
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Never been more grateful for the presence of a paywall.
All the evidence is fans don't want B Teams - they reduce attendances - so they aren't a solution to football's sustainability problem. Proposing B Teams only helps if PL teams are prepared to pay to have them. Which, of course, makes the EFL even more dependent on the PL.
B Teams have nothing to do with sustainability. They are about the wealthy abolishing smaller clubs so they can hoard young players. It's the football equivalent of suggesting that we could alleviate poverty by allowing the unemployed to sell their kidneys.
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Returning to yesterday’s discussion of B Teams, it’s important not just to recognise why it’s bad for the pyramid, but to understand the underlying motives of the Premier League and just how damaging they are to football generally.
The problem in its simplest terms is that the biggest teams want to abolish competition. They desire a situation – as in Spain, Germany, Scotland, France – where who finishes top is preordained.
That gives predictable access to more TV money and the riches of the UCL. A sport where the winners are a foregone conclusion is no longer a sport, but rather entertainment.
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Given that accepting B Teams into the EFL Trophy drastically reduced crowds and the competion now only survives financially because of a Premier League subsidy, the idea that accepting B Teams into the league would help sustainably should be seen for what it is: a convenient lie.
It's a zombie idea: no matter how often it's rejected and the supposed justifications shown to be false, it just keeps coming back. Ultimately there is only one reason for B Teams, and it's a bad one. Top Premier League teams want to kill competition and entrench their advantage.
There is no future for the EFL in becoming practice matches for the Premier League youth teams. Imagine destroying over a century of history just because City and Chelsea would prefer not to have to send their hordes of youngster on loan.
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