Women's Team

Losada: Debut against Real Madrid would be a dream

Vicky Losada says she is relishing the prospect of making her City debut against Real Madrid.

The Barcelona legend, who enjoyed a trophy-laden career with her beloved childhood Club, could make her first appearance for Gareth Taylor’s side against the El Clasico rivals, as City kick-off the 2021/22 campaign with a Champions League Round Two encounter on Tuesday.

Having lifted the trophy last season in an impressive treble-winning campaign, Losada made the switch to Manchester in search of a new challenge – and says the chance to face Real would make her first bow in blue all the more special.

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“I’m very excited. I can’t wait!” she smiled, joking: “I don’t like the white kit too much!

“It’s exciting for me to start the season against Real Madrid – a Spanish team that I’ve been watching from the other side for my whole life!

“A goal would be nice! If someone offered me my first City goal against Real Madrid, where do I sign?!

“It’s going to be a very good game for women’s football – a great game for people to watch and to be shown on television.

“We are very focused on the game. It’s important to start well this season to gain more confidence to achieve our goals this year.

“It’s my personal opinion but I think this team can win the Champions League.”

Having defeated Real 4-0 and 4-1 in last season’s Primera Division success, Losada is familiar with City’s opponents, who only launched as a team in July 2020.

The midfielder admits that while the Real squad boast talented players, it takes time for a new team to gel and feels her new Club’s experience will shine through.

“People might think that because of the name, it’s an experienced team but it’s not,” she explained.

“This is only their second year in the Spanish league. The girls are still trying to know each other.

“They have very good, talented players but the experience we have – to have reached the quarter-finals last season and the semi-finals previously – is good.

“It takes time to build a team but one of things I noticed here is how well the team know each other.

“We have to take that responsibility with no pressure. We are an experienced team and it will be a good game.

“This team is ready to fight for titles.”

One of three Champions League winners in the squad, alongside Lucy Bronze and Alex Greenwood, Losada also hopes her experience can help City to better our semi-final finishes of 2017 and 2018.

Having enjoyed some well-deserved time off over the summer, the midfielder is settling into the squad well and is ready to go again.

“In football – for both good things and bad things – everything lasts for a short amount of time,” she continued.

“Last season with Barca was very good and we made a massive impact in women’s football.

“I just want to keep learning. I always feel young and I want to keep enjoying my football.

“I’m very happy to be here. It’s where I want to be and I’m so thankful to the girls, who have welcomed me.

“I feel I’ve adapted quickly and I’m excited. I think Gareth likes the style that I like. There are a lot of versions of football but one of the reasons I came here is to play this style.

“I’m very ambitious. I came here because I needed a change. Now, I’m focused on blue: doing well this season, helping the team and hopefully, giving the fans some trophies and happiness.”

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