Manchester City women's captain Houghton stresses need for near-perfect performance in pursuit of WSL title

Posted : 12 January 2024

Manchester City's Women's Super League title ambitions require a "near-perfect" performance for the remainder of the season, according to captain Steph Houghton. The team currently sits in second place, three points behind defending champions Chelsea.

 

Having lost twice in the league, Houghton acknowledges the challenge and emphasizes the need for consistency. Despite some disappointing results, she expresses confidence in the squad's ability to compete with the best and anticipates a strong performance in the upcoming matches.

 

Houghton highlights the competitiveness at the top of the league and acknowledges that being near perfect is crucial, especially with no team having won the WSL title after losing more than two games. Manager Gareth Taylor had previously suggested the team might need to go unbeaten for the rest of the 22-game season.

 

Houghton echoes the sentiment, emphasizing the importance of taking each game one at a time and focusing on consistent performances. She believes that the squad has yet to reach its highest level but is full of confidence, looking forward to upcoming challenges.

 

Reflecting on Chelsea's dominance in recent years, Houghton expresses the utmost respect for the rival team but expresses a strong desire for success with Manchester City. Despite not winning the WSL title since 2016 and coming as runners-up five times since, Houghton believes in the squad's potential to be in the mix for the title. She recalls the disappointment of the Covid-affected season and emphasizes the importance of being there during crucial points in the competition to achieve their long-awaited league title.

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