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Taylor on title race and TV deal

Gareth Taylor says Manchester City must maintain our brilliant FA Women’s Super League (WSL) form to ensure we are still fighting for the title when we face Chelsea next month.

City are on a 10-match winning streak in the league and trail the leaders by two points with five games of the campaign remaining.

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Taylor’s side play Reading and Tottenham Hotspur before meeting the defending champions and, prior to the Royals’ visit to the Academy Stadium on Saturday, he acknowledged his side cannot afford to slip up ahead of what could be a title decider with Chelsea.

“We want to take this all the way,” he said at his pre-match press conference.

“We want everything on the line for that Chelsea game. We have two games before and then the break. We want to be in the hat. We have worked tremendously hard to get this point.

“We know if we win the five games then that is enough. Knowing that and not having to rely on other teams gives a little bit more clarity.”

The WSL confirmed a landmark three-year TV deal earlier this week, bringing new investment and exposure to women’s football from the start of the 2021/22 season.

Sky Sports will broadcast up to 44 live games per season, whilst the BBC will showcase 22 matches as part of a multi-million-pound agreement.

Taylor believes the deal will bring significant change to the WSL, but it is something he feels will only benefit women's football.

“I think it is something that is going to help the game,” he added.

“With the added impetus of exposure and also the financial side, I think it can only help strengthen the women's game.

“We have seen a big shift over the last six years in terms of the professionalism and interest in the women's game and this will only help.

“I thought it was only a matter of time before that would happen, and I can only see it going from strength to strength so I think it is a real positive thing.

“It is going to change a lot of things. I think we'll see a lot of improvements. I think there will be an emphasis on developing younger players, especially with Brexit and the different types of criteria you need to recruit.

“I think it’s a real positive, something that’s deserved, something we’ve been hoping for for a while. The future's looking bright.”

Watch the manager’s full press conference in the video above.

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