Jill Scott says having Tessel Middag back in contention is ‘like a new signing’ for City.
The Dutch international returned to action from the bench in the Blues’ Champions League quarter-final first leg victory over Linkoping, following a ten-month lay-off due to a cruciate ligament injury sustained back in May 2017.
“I’m so happy for Tessel Middag,” she declared. “She’s worked so hard – she’s been in that gym every single day – and never complained.
“She’s come back and been good in training, technically. She’s like a new signing.
“She’ll boost us personality-wise and also on the pitch.”
Scott also spoke of her pride for the way her side bounced back from a disappointing period of results with a professional triumph on the European stage.
“After the Continental Tyres Cup Final, we were really disappointed not to win,” she continued. We bounced back quickly – we can only look ahead.
“This fixture was massive for us – we really want to get to the semi-finals of the Champions League.
“We tried to solve the problems. It’s been a very busy time for us internationally and club-wise. We got back from England duty and then had to quickly get our mentality onto club duty. It was a quick turnaround.
“Fair play though – the players haven’t moaned. We’ve gone back to basics and tried to better our performances. We’ve been disappointed we haven’t got going in the first half of games and ended up giving ourselves a big job to do.
“We’ve very happy with the performance and the fact we’re heading to Sweden with a 2-0 advantage. It will be difficult going there but if you’d have said before the game, it would be a 2-0 win, we’d have taken it.
“We’ll reflect and feel we’re very pleased with how we started the game. Now, we want to take that into the next games.”