Guardiola backing for Barca youngsters

MADRID - Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola will turn to the club's youth system to fill the gaps in his squad in January rather than entering the transfer market.

"If we didn't have the youth team I would probably have thought about signing someone, but it's not worth it for a month. I would rather give them (the youngsters) a chance," Guardiola told reporters on Monday.

Midfielders Jonathan Dos Santos, 19 (pictured), and Thiago Alcantara, 18, are to join Barca's first-team squad in January while Ivory Coast's Yaya Toure and Mali's Seydou Keita are playing in the African Nations Cup.