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Gareth Taylor insists Man City's tough WSL start has still offered 'something to build on'

Ali Rampling
Taylor insisted there was 'something to build on' from Man City's opening two WSL defeats
Taylor insisted there was 'something to build on' from Man City's opening two WSL defeats / James Gill - Danehouse/GettyImages
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Gareth Taylor has insisted Manchester City's performances have provided 'something to build on' despite suffering a pair of defeats in their opening two fixtures of the 2022/23 WSL campaign.

City have gone through a summer of high squad turnover, with seven new arrivals and eight permanent exits, and have begun the new season with a surprise 4-3 loss to Aston Villa and a 2-0 defeat to Chelsea.

"It's not great but it is what it is," said Taylor. "We've had two away games, two tough away games. We've gone to Villa who are a new team and have done tremendously well on the day, and coming here was always going to be difficult.

"They don't really give much away, Chelsea - they lost last week, something was going to give today but I think the reaction and the levels that we showed today was really impressive and gives us something to build on."

City endured a similarly tough start to last season after contending with an injury crisis, but made up ground with a stunning second half of the campaign to secure a Champions League spot at the expense of rivals Manchester United.

Taylor admitted the lack of margin for error due to the size of the WSL - with just 12 teams and 22 games - makes early slip ups even more costly.

"That's the nature of the league," the City boss added. "I've always been negative about that. 22 games is nothing. It is what it is. Unless teams keep beating each other, you can probably get away with maybe four defeats in a season and still win the league.

"We can't do much about that; the rules are the rules, the teams are the teams. It wasn't hard last season when we won 13 on the bounce - it was actually a lot easier when we had all of our players fit.

"Our situation now is slightly different to what we had last season - it's not injuries, it's just a new team and new players to bed in. These will be really good players and this will be a really good team. Unfortunately at the moment we've had a couple of defeats which are tough to take but I think there were really positive signs there today."


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