Gareth Taylor (Manchester City manager) reacts during the UEFA Women's Champions League round of 16 match between Manchester City and Fiorentina at the Academy Stadium, Manchester, UK - Image by Lexy Ilsley/Sports Press Photo

Champions League exit must fuel Manchester City’s domestic success – Taylor

Manchester City head coach Gareth Taylor says that his side’s UEFA Women’s Champions League exit must act as fuel for the club’s drive for domestic success this season.

The Cityzens were dumped out of European football’s premier club competition by Real Madrid at The Academy Stadium this evening. Taylor’s side lost 1-0 on the night and 2-1 on aggregate to the evolving Spanish side.

Speaking in the post-match press conference in which FAWSL Full-Time were present, Taylor said that his side must use the defeat as ammunition for a successful campaign domestically.

“It was a difficult format, this qualification, particularly at the start of the season as well it was like our first game last week so that’s not ideal given the pre-season that we had;” Taylor said. “Spanish teams have a little bit more knowhow, they are a bit more streetwise in seeing games out and winning games and that is something that we need to be better at, we need to improve on.

“We need to use this as fuel now for the rest of the season. We are now in a position where we are looking at domestic competitions because we are out of Europe. We need to make sure that we really perform well in those.”

Reflecting on his side’s performance in the second leg, Taylor said that he always believed that his side could get back in the tie and go on to win the game but it simply wasn’t to be.

He said “If we had scored a goal in the first half or even come in goalless at half-time, you still would have fancied us to get one over the line. I’ll be honest, even if we had scored at the end, I think we would have been the team that would’ve scored in extra-time or potentially win on penalties.

“This is the game of football. Sometimes, if you don’t shut up shop in the back-line and don’t take your opportunities at the top end, this is the outcome.”

Manchester City return to domestic action against Tottenham Hotspur at The Academy Stadium on Sunday evening in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.

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