Nick Cushing’s may be out for his squad to win the Super League this season but what can he and his team do to ensure that?
After City finished 2nd in the Women’s Super League last season, I think they’ll be hugely pushing for a first-place finish this campaign. With Man United now in the same league and women’s football interest growing, what will Man City women need to do in order to have a successful season?
A lot of the City team are out in France right now for the World Cup. They have done well not to pick up many injuries while they’re out there so far although they will come back fatigued.
Another factor that will have to be considered is the result of the current competition. The heartbreak of the semi-final defeat will hit a lot of the player’s hard. However, the experience in defeat can only aid the individuals and the team for the better. They may come back a little deflated but they absolutely cannot let it get in the way of the players that work so brilliantly together. Houghton, White, Scott and Bardsley are just a few names that will be deemed legends off the back of the World Cup, no matter what happens.
I have been saying this since the WSL opening fixtures and I strongly stick by this. With the record-breaking viewers that England has drawn in over the World Cup, the leagues have now surely got to draw in more people.
With this in mind, I think City will benefit from getting their opening game against Man United played at the Etihad, to draw in a huge audience and just to show how they can drive the sport forward. Then Man United should push for the same to happen at Old Trafford. I think it’s a great influence on the rest of the season and the sport moving forward.