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Gareth Taylor insists Man Metropolis’s robust WSL begin has nonetheless provided ‘one thing to construct on’

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Gareth Taylor has insisted Manchester Metropolis’s performances have offered ‘one thing to construct on’ regardless of struggling a pair of defeats of their opening two fixtures of the 2022/23 WSL marketing campaign.

Metropolis have gone by a summer season of excessive squad turnover, with seven new arrivals and eight everlasting exits, and have begun the brand new season with a shock 4-3 loss to Aston Villa and a 2-0 defeat to Chelsea.

“It isn’t nice however it’s what it’s,” mentioned Taylor. “We have had two away video games, two robust away video games. We have gone to Villa who’re a brand new workforce and have achieved tremendously nicely on the day, and coming right here was all the time going to be tough.

“They do not actually give a lot away, Chelsea – they misplaced final week, one thing was going to present in the present day however I feel the response and the degrees that we confirmed in the present day was actually spectacular and provides us one thing to construct on.”

Metropolis endured a equally robust begin to final season after contending with an damage disaster, however made up floor with a shocking second half of the marketing campaign to safe a Champions League spot on the expense of rivals Manchester United.

Taylor admitted the dearth of margin for error because of the dimension of the WSL – with simply 12 groups and 22 video games – makes early slip ups much more pricey.

“That is the character of the league,” the Metropolis boss added. “I’ve all the time been damaging about that. 22 video games is nothing. It’s what it’s. Except groups preserve beating one another, you possibly can in all probability get away with possibly 4 defeats in a season and nonetheless win the league.

“We will not do a lot about that; the principles are the principles, the groups are the groups. It wasn’t laborious final season once we gained 13 on the bounce – it was really rather a lot simpler once we had all of our gamers match.

“Our scenario now could be barely completely different to what we had final season – it isn’t accidents, it is only a new workforce and new gamers to mattress in. These shall be actually good gamers and this shall be a very good workforce. Sadly in the meanwhile we have had a few defeats that are robust to take however I feel there have been actually constructive indicators there in the present day.”

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