Women's Team

Weir: This is the best time of the season

Caroline Weir says she is relishing the prospect of a crunch run of fixtures, as the 2021/22 campaign draws to an exciting conclusion.

Gareth Taylor’s side return from international break later this week and head straight back into action with a Women’s FA Cup semi-final trip to West Ham before negotiating the FA Women’s Super League’s final stretch, with City vying for a Champions League spot with Manchester United.

Weir, who is currently on national team duty with Scotland, is certainly no stranger to the big stage, thriving on the pressure, and asserts she loves this part of the season.

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“We’re looking forward to it," she told mancity.com. “This is the best time of the season for me. I love going into an international break and then coming back to all of the big games.

“The mood is good. We had a good run of games in the weeks before international break and training was really good – the sun even came out in Manchester, which always helps!

“Hopefully, everyone gets through international break okay – it can be a lot of games and a big load for the players – and then, every game is a must-win, starting on Saturday in the FA Cup.

“West Ham have had a decent season – they’re continuing to build on what they’ve got there – and although this is a semi-final, it feels like a Final in a way because you can’t think about the other one until you’ve won the one in front of you.

“That’s our mindset at the moment and it’s a good place to be in. There’s still a lot to play for – another trophy and a Champions League place – and we’re excited.”

Weir has played an integral part of City’s upturn in fortunes, bagging 12 goals in 28 appearances, including a run which yielded six goals in six games with Goal of the Season contenders and a brace in the Continental Cup Final.

Asked of the secret to her sensational form, the Scot insists she has simply found her groove.

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“I’m just enjoying playing football,” she added. “I feel really settled here and comfortable. I’ve been here for quite a few seasons and it doesn’t take long to get a good run of confidence both individually and as a team – it can just be a goal or two.

“Obviously, scoring in the big games is great. I think Gaz was more buzzing about the goal [against Tottenham – a close-range winner] because we’ve spoken about that a lot: about me getting on the end of things in and around the box.

“That’s where a lot of goals are scored so I was really happy with that one as well, although it wasn’t as good to look at! It doesn’t get the attention that the other ones get but it was really important.

“It was a massive result away from home. We needed that to keep us going and keep the momentum, and I’ll take any kind of goal!

“I’m just trying to build on that and just keep enjoying it, not looking too far ahead.”

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