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 are going in the right direction’ says Manchester City boss Taylor ahead of Spurs test

Manchester City head coach Gareth Taylor says that his side are moving in the right direction, although they remain a work in progress.

Taylor took charge of City last summer and despite something of an inconsistent start, the club’s mid-season form has helped haul them right back into the Barclays FA Women’s Super League title race.

City’s most recent game saw them defeat Barcelona 2-1 in the second leg of their UEFA Women’s Champions League quarter-final tie but their overall 4-2 aggregate defeat shows that there is still plenty of scope for improvement at The Academy Stadium.

Despite City’s midweek European exit, head coach Taylor believes that his side have made progress this season.

“I really believe in this team,” Taylor said when speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of this weekend’s fixture at Tottenham Hotspur. “I think we are a work in progress, I am a new coach to the women’s game and we’ve brought in a lot of new players.

“It takes time to build things but we are going in the right direction. I’m really positive about the displays we’ve had this season, the football we’re playing and the results we are achieving.

“We want to go further in the Champions League, we want to go as far as we can in all competitions and that is difficult. The levels are improving all of the time, not just in Europe but here also, so we need to be at the forefront of that and make sure that we are continually improving.”

After this weekend’s fixture at Tottenham Hotspur, City go into a three-week break before their next Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture and Taylor says that his side must sign-off for the international window in the best way possible.

“We’ve got ourselves into a fantastic position,” Taylor added. “We’ve worked tremendously hard to get here and there is more work to be done.

“We fight and continue in the vein that we are. We need to approach this game in the right manner and we will do and hopefully, we achieve our objective of going there and winning the game and seeing in the international break before we start again.”

Manchester City’s Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture against Tottenham Hotspur kicks-off at 2pm on Easter Sunday and will be available for fans to stream live on the FA Player.

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