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As Nick Cushing’s side prepare to return to FA Women’s Super League action against West Ham women, we hear Caroline Weir’s thoughts ahead of the match.
Also in this morning’s round up, a huge claim from Chelsea boss, Maurizio Sarri, and an opinion piece on our loan star Lukas Nmecha.
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First up we begin with Sarri’s comments about our European campaign.
Speaking to Corriere dello Sport, he said: "This season, there are two candidates to win the Champions League: Juve and Manchester City.”
"I always thought Pep Guardiola's side was mature enough for the final step on the European stage, but then we'll have to see how the Spanish clubs are doing in March.
"Things change quickly in the Champions League."
Big praise indeed!
Next, we turn our attention to Nmecha, who is currently on loan to Preston North End. The striker has impressed while at the Championship side and Lancashire Post’s Dave Seddon believes his time at Preston is a huge learning curve.
“The first two months of Lukas Nmecha’s loan with Preston certainly fits the learning curve analogy,” Seddon writes. “Nmecha has experienced more in his few weeks in the Championship than he ever would have imagined.
“He will be better for it too and the signs from the last two North End games are that he is coming to terms to what this level is about.
“It is fair comment that when the teenager put pen to paper on his season-long loan from Manchester City, it caught the imagination of PNE supporters.
“Held in the highest regard by City and fresh from their pre-season tour to the United States, this was a big step in Nmecha’s career and North End stole a march on several clubs to get him.
“He was needed to cover the loss of Sean Maguire to a hamstring injury and add firepower to the squad.”
Finally, we turn our attention to this afternoon’s game as the Blues host West Ham United women at the Academy Stadium for the very first time.
"I think from the fixtures so far no game is a certainty, teams are taking points from everyone so it makes it exciting for the neutral and good for the women’s game,” Weir told the Manchester Evening News. "They've got some really experienced players, so were expecting a tough test,
"But we don't focus too much on what other teams can do, it's more about focusing on ourselves and what we can bring and what we think we can do.
"In the games I have played in this season we have already shown we can play different systems and mix it up from last season and that's going to be important for us in a long season. We don't want to become predictable."
That’s all for today’s media round-up but we will be back tomorrow morning with all the latest from the back pages!
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