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Bronze: WSL becoming world's top league

Bronze: WSL becoming world's top league
Lucy Bronze believes the WSL is going from strength to strength and becoming the top women’s league in world football.

With every side in the division strengthening their squad significantly this summer, most observers believe this will be the most competitive WSL season to date.

Bronze, a three-time Champions League winner with Lyon, is one of five big-name City signings, joining World Cup winners Rose Lavelle and Sam Mewis, as well as England stars Chloe Kelly and Alex Greenwood.

The 28-year-old says it’s an exciting time for the English game, which she feels is becoming the envy of the world.

“When you look at the signings [across the league], I feel fortunate to move back now and I would have been sad to miss out on this season with all the stars at all the teams,” she said.

“I’ve said every year, the English league is going from strength to strength and will only get better.

“It’s not surprised me. When you look at the teams in WSL they are Premier League teams and the Premier League mentality is to get big hitters in your team and win silverware.

“This year I think will be the year the English league takes over all the other leagues. There’s world class quality in all the teams.

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“It’ll be competitive. Everyone expected Chelsea to beat United (last weekend) but United took points off them.

“There are great rivalries - City-United, the London derbies - so many different angles.

“You don’t see all of those things in other leagues.”

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Bronze returned to City this summer after a three-year hiatus with Lyon, a period that saw her game improve and a winning mentality develop.

It was a glittering time, with Lyon winning three consecutive Champions Leagues and Division 1 Feminine league titles, alongside two Coupe de France Féminine victories and one Trophée des Championnes.

She says it would have been easy to stay at Lyon – currently the most successful side in Europe - but the challenge of improving City and turning us into Champions League winners was too big to turn down.

“I gained belief at Lyon,” Bronze added. “When I went there, I thought there’s world-class players in every position but I tried to copy them.

“I matured a huge amount - being around those players who know how to hold themselves, I picked up on everything they were doing every single day. I was like a sponge, absorbing everything.

“I want City to win more silverware, be more consistent and win the Champions League. I could have stayed at Lyon but I like to challenge myself - that’s the biggest reason for coming back and wanting change.”

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