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Roebuck: City strong enough for domestic and European success

Ellie Roebuck is confident Manchester City have what it takes to one day win the Champions League.

The goalkeeper admits European success remains a priority for Gareth Taylor’s side, who are locked in a battle with Manchester United for the third and final qualifying spot in the FA Women’s Super League.

City, who have not been beyond the quarter-finals since 2017/18, were knocked out by Real Madrid in the second round of this season’s competition and Roebuck says the Club must improve on that.

The 22-year-old believes City should be reaching the latter stages in Europe and is confident Taylor’s side have the strength to compete for both domestic and continental honours.

“The Champions League is a priority, a huge priority,” she told mancity.com.

“This Club, in my opinion, should be playing Champions League football.

“We lost to Real Madrid in the early rounds and that’s not what we need – we need to be making the latter stages.

“If people don’t have ambition to win, people shouldn’t be playing football – you want to win everything you’re a part of – and we’re strong enough with the right philosophy and backing to do that.”

City have overcome a difficult, injury-disrupted start to put ourselves in a promising position heading into the final months of the season.

Roebuck was one of several senior players to spend time on the sidelines in the early part of the campaign, but Taylor’s outfit have been in fine form since her return in January’s FA Cup thrashing of Nottingham Forest.

We have won nine of our 10 games since then, including the Continental Cup final, and with an FA Cup semi-final against West Ham United to look forward to, we could yet enjoy more success in what’s shaping up to be an exciting season finale.

Roebuck says the return of key players has been pivotal in allowing City to recapture our best form and remains confident the squad can add further trophies under Taylor.

“We were annoyed with how we started but if we qualify for the Champions League, having won the Conti Cup, and get to the FA Cup final, things will look a lot brighter,” she added.

“That comes with trusting the process – we’re here everyday working hard behind-the-scenes and at some point, it was going to come through for us.

“We’ve had a lot of ups and downs but we could see the light at the end of the tunnel.

“We’d got to a point before Christmas where we were obviously struggling.  Results weren’t going our way, though it wasn’t for the want of trying.

“Injuries hit us hard – we had so many that at one point, I felt like I had more of my team-mates in the gym than on the pitch.

“Gradually, people started to come back and the team have grown in confidence, and our style of play is coming to fruition.

“Fans can see what we want to bring, what we’re trying to build and hopefully, they can see that the positive way we play and our philosophy is going to work and be successful – it’s just a matter of time.”

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