Gareth Taylor opens up about WSL season expectations at Man City
Manchester City have a domestic-focused season this 2023/24 season after their fourth-place finish last year. City matched Arsenal on 47 points apiece but fell eight goals short, ultimately losing out on the Champions League.
City kicked off last season with back-to-back losses, quickly putting their chances for the Women’s Super League title in jeopardy, and being booted out of Europe in the early stages. Instead, local rivals United got among the top two, taking the title race right down to the wire, outperforming City for the first time in top-tier history.
But with that behind them, the Blues are eyeing up success, but what would that look like? Taylor said: “Winning it. It’s the easy answer. I wouldn’t want to say 'Oh we’d have a good season if we can do this or this,' no.
“As a coach, it’s about the next game, the next game. To sit here now and say what a good season would look like, we’re here to win it. Especially with the Champions League qualification process for those in second place and third place.
“We’ve suffered like Arsenal have recently. So we need to win it, even then there is no guarantee with the coefficient we’d be straight in the league format [of the Champions League]. I think this is something that maybe needs looking at because you’re starting to lose decent teams early and making the tournament easier for the teams who do qualify automatically. We’re here to win the league and that’s what we’ll try and do.”
But winning is much easier said than done. City haven't done much business in the past two transfer windows, compared to the other top three sides potentially putting them on the back foot.
Taylor said: “When you look at the bits of a season, sometimes it can feel like you’re a long way