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Manchester Evening News
Carrie Dunn

Man City Women warned not to underestimate Goteborg after Champions League win

Manchester City Women boss Gareth Taylor was pleased after his side came back from a goal down to beat Goteborg 2-1 in their Women's Champions League round of 32 first-leg clash - but has warned them they still have plenty of work to do if they want to progress.

Vilde Boe Risa scored in the third minute to give the Swedish champions an early lead before Georgia Stanway levelled up shortly before half-time and US international Sam Mewis headed home the winner on 76 minutes.

But Taylor thinks that they could have put together a bigger advantage to take home to the Academy Stadium.

"I'm not going to dress it up, we should have had an improved result, but after the start that we had, I thought the girls showed really good resilience, we controlled the game, gave them limited opportunities, but potentially we should have been going back with a bigger cushion," he told the media after the match. "That's what we said to the girls afterwards - make sure we don't estimate this opposition, because especially on their own pitch they're very dangerous.

"It was just that we created just a little bit too much tension around the box. It was something we spoke about at half-time, and in the first ten minutes of the second half, we opened them up for fun. We probably should have been ahead before Sam scored the header.

"It goes to show that we're trying a new way of playing. The girls can see it works. They want to see a stronger scoreline, but this is convincing them that this is our way of playing, this is our style, we want to do well in this competition. We'll be coming up against teams who have earned the right to be there, tough teams, and we need to be on the front foot in every game."

It was Stanway's 50th goal for the club and Taylor had some words of praise for the 21-year-old - who he hopes is becoming more deadly in the box.

"It was a great goal, a great finish from Georgia," he said. "We've really challenged her about the number of shots that she has - I think the girls rib her a little bit, the return in hitting the target - and that was what we were looking for tonight. She could have potentially had a couple more, but I thought her energy was good, she pressed really hard."

And the former Wales international had no complaints about Goteborg's artificial surface, suggesting that it helped City develop their passing game and move the ball quickly.

"This is a tricky tie, a really tricky tie," he admitted. "Especially coming to this place - cold weather, difficult pitch for us that we're not used to and don't play regularly on, it makes things difficult. But really pleased with the girls, and so happy that we came back with the win. We know we've still got work to do."

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