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Taylor: We want to go deep in all competitions

Gareth Taylor says Manchester City are determined to challenge for silverware on all fronts ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.

City’s first competitive fixture of the season sees us face Kazakhstani outfit WFC Tomiris-Turan in the UEFA Women’s Champions League on Thursday, with a Round One final against either Real Madrid or Sturm Graz our reward for victory.

Having been knocked out by Las Blancas in qualification last season, Taylor hopes his side can go the distance in this year’s competition, while also building on our domestic success across 2021/22.

The boss pointed out that there were plenty of positives to take from a season where we claimed the Continental Cup title and reached the Women’s FA Cup final but insists that City are hoping to reach new heights in the coming months.

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“We want to go deep in all the competitions. We never identify one above the others,” he said in his pre-match press conference.

“For me, if I had to push for one it would be the league. We’ve won it once and we want more. But certainly, in all of the competitions we attack and try our very best.

“Some we’re successful in and some not. There’s no change in focus, the focus now is the Champions League and after that it turns to the WSL.

“The teams we play are so difficult and everyone’s improving on recruitment, the game is changing so fast.

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“But for us there’s positives in those two (previous) seasons, we’ve picked up trophies.

“We want more, no doubt about that, we've been close as well albeit despite the Champions League exit last season, season before we were in the quarter-finals against a top Barcelona team and ran them pretty close.

“It’s so tough, we’re always trying to be at the forefront in terms of improving and getting better and having a good succession plan for the future while trying to be successful now.”

Hear Taylor’s thoughts in full, including the latest team news, via the video above…

CITY V WFC TOMIRIS-TURAN

City take on Tomiris-Turan in the UEFA Women's Champions League.

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