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Manchester City Women’s FC claim historic double

Manchester City Women's FC star player Toni Duggan. (Photo courtesy: Nike)

A dominant FA Women’s Super League triumph – winning 13 out of 15 matches and conceding only 3 goals – coupled with a victory in the FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup makes 2016 a monumental year for Manchester City Women’s FC.

British football’s landscape is changing, and with its recent success, Manchester City Women are at the forefront. Years of hard work and preparation have gone into the current campaign – the double win has not come about by chance.

Toni Duggan (Manchester City WFC & England) and Chris Punnakkattu Daniel

Toni Duggan (Manchester City WFC & England) and Chris Punnakkattu Daniel

A shared ethos is at the core of the club’s success. “The fundamentals of our philosophy are based on hard work, dedication and our attitude,” midfielder Izzy Christiansen states.

“The team has a deep resolve, an intrinsic motivation, just every single day, to do the things that you do best. If every single player does that, you don’t have to do anything above and beyond,” shares goalkeeper Karen Bardsley. “You know that you are prepared the whole time. When it comes to match-day, you just go out there and enjoy it. We’ve just got this amazing, unbridled desire to win football games.”

Furthermore, the club is invested in progress at all levels. “It’s great to be part of a club that’s so together” adds Toni Duggan. “As soon as you walk in the doors, you realise how professional it is at every level. There’s respect for what each player or coach is trying to achieve – right down to the kids.”

The notion of training and preparation is ever evolving. As Steph Houghton, Manchester City and England captain, explains, “Pre-season is the opportunity to get as fit as you can, but at this club it is totally different to what we had all been used to. What used to be long runs, has now become sharp sessions with the ball. I think you can tell that from our style of play – it’s the technical passing drills that we all enjoy the most.”

The future for women’s football at Manchester City looks bright and the club’s current leaders can’t help but look ahead to the potential impact of the next generation. “The kids are going to be twice the players that we are,” Lucy Bronze predicts. “We have 17 year-olds training with us — when I was that age, I was in a field by myself just chasing cones. In 10 years time, the quality of players is going to be amazing.”

Manchester City Women’s FC train and play in Nike Football apparel.

(Nike Press Release)

Congratulations to Toni and her MCWFC girls!