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Gareth Taylor calls on Manchester City to attack WSL Champions League race

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Taylor has called on City to attack the WSL Champions League race
Taylor has called on City to attack the WSL Champions League race / Charlotte Tattersall/GettyImages

Gareth Taylor has promised Manchester City will look to attack the final four games of the WSL season as the race between themselves and rivals Manchester United for the final Champions League spot hots up.

City moved level on points with United in third with a 2-0 victory at West Ham on Saturday, with United's superior goal difference now the only thing keeping Marc Skinner's side in the final European place.

Taylor's side are also blessed with an easier looking run-in on paper, with United travelling to WSL champions Chelsea on the final day of the season.

"Just attacking every game as it comes, I think that’s the most important thing," the City boss said after Saturday's win when asked for his strategy for the rest of the season.

"It’s just attacking every game that’s presented in front of you really and seeing where that takes you for the season and if it’s enough at the end, it’s enough, and if it’s not we evaluate and see where we could have been better.

"I think at this stage of the season we’re in good form, in good flow, scoring goals and keeping clean sheets which is the pleasing thing."

City's victory over West Ham also saw them welcome back Chloe Kelly after an 11-month spell on the sidelines. The winger tore her ACL against Birmingham in May 2021, and came on for the final 30 minutes in Dagenham.

"It’s been a long time and it’s great," Taylor said of Kelly's return. "You always worry about those situations and how a player’s feeling going into it. Obviously really excited - sometimes they can get too excited.

"There will have been some anxiety there probably with Chloe having been out so long. She’s been managed really well by us as a club, great to work with in her rehab and, yeah, just great to have her back."