Bragging Rights At Stake In Manchester Derby

Johnathan Stack joined Manchester City’s media conference with Gareth Taylor and Laura Coombs ahead of tomorrow’s big WSL derby against Manchester United (10/12/22).

Above: Action from a previous Manchester derby – tomorrow’s looks set to be the biggest yet. Photo: Manchester Evening News.

This Sunday sees one of the biggest games of the season in the WSL to date as Manchester City host Manchester United in front of what will be a huge crowd at Etihad Stadium.

It is tight at the top of the WSL table with City just three points off the top three, chasing the pack and in great form of late. Gareth Taylor’s side has won their last six WSL games in a row and has won their last nine consecutively in all competitions.

And yet again the fans will be out in force as over 43,000 fans have purchased tickets for the game so far.

Ahead of tomorrow’s game at the Etihad, Manchester City boss Gareth Taylor and midfielder Laura Coombs spoke to the press.

Taylor said: “I think it’s a great occasion. “We are going to go out and do our very best to be as effective as we can be. I think we need to enjoy the experience regardless of the way the game goes. We are in good form, good spirits, two good teams going up against each other. We want to try and finish the year on a good note.

“I think it’s great to play at the main stadium. We really enjoy playing at CFA (Academy Stadium). We have made that a really dominant ground for us. I think our win percentage is really, really high.

“This is a different experience for us. I think we will still look to use the advantage, being a home fixture. We are pleased to be here, pleased to see there are really good numbers and hopefully everyone enjoys the game.”

Above: Laura Coombs – thrilled at the prospect of playing tomorrow’s derby in front of a huge crowd. Photo: Manchester City.

Coombs who was on the scoresheet last time out in the league against Brighton was excited at the prospect of playing in a derby in front of a huge crowd: “I think it’s going to be brilliant. These are the weeks you really look forward to as a player.

“And the atmosphere home and away against United is always a feisty one. It always makes the start of the game really good.

“It’s what we all really look forward to. We have all been really looking forward to it, not just me but everyone in the squad, the young players and those who have been there and done it, everyone is really looking forward to this game.”

In regards to team news ahead of Sunday’s match, Taylor has confirmed Lauren Hemp is fit to play from the start. The Norfolk-born star came on in the second half against Liverpool in the Conti Cup on Wednesday and provided an assist for Mary Fowler minutes later. The City boss also revealed that Vicky Losada trained yesterday and could be involved in the match, everyone else is fit.

Above: Deyna Castellanos (right) with City’s two goalscorers in midweek – Mary Fowler and Filippa Angeldahl at Liverpool. They will be hoping for similar scenes tomorrow. Photo: Manchester City.

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