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

‘We can turn it around’ – Manchester City boss issues bold statement after first leg defeat

Manchester City head coach Gareth Taylor believes that his side can overturn a 3-0 deficit which they sustained in this afternoon’s UEFA Women’s Champions League quarter-final first leg tie against Barcelona in Monza.

The Spanish giants put in a classy display, taking advantage of a City side which failed to really find their feet in the game until they were two goals down.

Manchester City face a monstrous task in the second leg at The Academy Stadium next week but head coach Taylor’s message is a simple one, the tie is not over.

“I don’t think it is a tough task, I think we can turn it around,” said Taylor in the post-match press conference in which FAWSL Full-Time were present. “I think that it is within our capabilities.

“The way that this team have performed this season, the goals that we have scored, I think we can do it no problem at all.”

Looking back on the first leg defeat, Taylor said that his side had chances but were not at their usual clinical best in the opposition box.

He added “I think there were chances, there is no doubting that they probably edged it on chances created but we certainly had a number of good opportunities, good situations and the chances as well.

“We would normally be sticking those away and I think it could have changed the complexion of the result.

“For me, it is still half-time. We are capable of scoring that amount of goals to see us through and that is what we will be working on building up to next week’s game.”

City were missing centre-back Steph Houghton through injury but Taylor was in no mood to use one player’s absence as an excuse for the defeat.

“I think you miss anyone who is that calibre of player but we’ve missed Steph in previous rounds in this competition so I would not want to use that as an excuse,” said Taylor. “We know that we need to be better in both boxes and hopefully, we will get Steph back in the not-so-distant future.”

Manchester City will now look ahead to hosting Reading on Saturday before welcoming Barcelona to The Academy Stadium next Wednesday for the second leg.

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