Manchester City manager Gareth Taylor during the warm up Chelsea Women v Manchester City Women Womens Community Shield football match, Wembley Stadium, London, UK - 29 Aug 2020 Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA

‘It was very professional’ Taylor reflects on Manchester City’s victory over Fiorentina

Manchester City head coach Gareth Taylor hailed his side’s ‘very professional’ performance as they defeated Fiorentina 5-0 in the second leg of their UEFA Women’s Champions League round of 16 tie in Florence this afternoon.

City were already 3-0 up from last week’s first leg at The Academy Stadium and they didn’t hold back in Italy this afternoon as they completed the job in style to confirm their place in tomorrow’s quarter-final draw.

Speaking in City’s post-match press conference in which FAWSL Full-Time were present, Taylor hailed his side’s professionalism.

“It was very professional,” said Taylor. “We played with humidity, we played with maximum respect to Fiorentina because they have high energy and they put maximum pressure in their mid-to-low block.

“I thought the way we challenged for balls, the way we were professional, the way we managed the game from the first whistle to the last was excellent.

“The way we managed the game was great, we scored some excellent goals, there was some really good decision making around the box and all of the players contributed.”

The quarter-finals could see Manchester City face the likes of European champions Lyon, VfL Wolfsburg, Barcelona or even Barclays FA Women’s Super League title rivals Chelsea and Taylor went on to admit that there will be no favourable tie in the last eight.

“I don’t think there is necessarily an easy tie in the quarter-finals, I just don’t think there is,” said Taylor. “I think we felt that in the round of 32 against Gothenburg and we have had to come here and be really professional, we’ve done that over two legs.

“It’s a cup competition. You have to be ready and you have to be right over two legs and if you’re not, you can see what happens.

“Regardless of who we play, we focus on Bristol now next Wednesday and we wait to see what happens on the back of that.”

City are set to make an appearance in their third UEFA Women’s Champions League quarter-finals. They have won both of their previous ties against Fortuna Hjorring and Linkopings.

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