Manchester City on WSL title charge: ‘The mentality has shifted.’

Manchester City continued their winning streak on Saturday with a well-fought 2-1 win over a travelling Everton team in the Women’s Super League.

Goals from Khadija Shaw and Lauren Hemp secured three points for City, continuing their race for the title against top-table rivals Arsenal, who have 34 points, and Chelsea, who have 37.

City currently sit 2nd in the WSL table, behind leaders Chelsea only by goal difference. The Saturday fixture marks their 9th consecutive win in the competition and their 12th in a row unbeaten.

Manchester City Manager Gareth Taylor says he is ‘impressed’ with the mentality of the team as they come to the final games of their season. He highlighted how he felt with defenders Leia Aleixandri, Laila Ouahabi and Alex Greenwood, who played the full 90 minutes.

“The mentality has really shifted this year with the group, that comes from individuals. Alex is an experienced player, Leia is young but experienced, Laila too with her time at Barcelona.”

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This was the first match of the WSL after a two week international break. Gareth Taylor said that he is further pleased with the squad and how they were able to return from international duties and get three points back on the board.

“It was so difficult this game, and the same when we came from the last international break against Aston Villa. Same score line, there are some bits we can improve on for sure.

Manchester City hosting Everton at the Joie Stadium. Credit: Will Thomas (+ main image)

“Up until Wednesday we had players on different continents. To have one training session together is not ideal, but the levels were good and I have to be pleased with a lot of the play.”

He added: “The brief this morning was to get 3 points on the board, we’ve done that. Looking forward to the next one.”

After Manchester City beat Chelsea away just before the international break, it seems that the Cityzens may have the easier run when looking at the next fixtures they both have respectively.

With seven games left to play in the WSL, some of the tougher fixtures for Manchester City includes a hosting a 4th placed Manchester United and travelling to a 5th place Liverpool.

Looking to title rivals Chelsea, their fixtures are arguably more challenging, travelling to three difficult fixtures against Arsenal (3rd), Tottenham (6th) and Liverpool (5th) in the next six weeks.