GARETH TAYLOR wants Man City to “play cute” on the pitch to kill off Real Madrid’s Women’s Champions League hopes.
And the Citizens boss expects a tough test from his opponents despite a 4-0 hammering they endured against Levante in Spain on Sunday.
Gareth Taylor wants his side to be ruthless against Real MadridCredit: PA
A win against Real Madrid will see Man City join rivals Chelsea in the Champions League group stagesCredit: Getty
Taylor, 48, was speaking to reporters a day before the second-leg qualifier duel to determine which team will be dumped out of Europe’s elite club competition this term.
His WSL title-chasers are targeting a home win which will see them reach the Women’s Champions League group stages following a dramatic 1-1 draw last time out.
“But I think with the quality that we showed in patches on Saturday (against Everton), and the work we’ve been doing over the last couple of days, the girls will be really ready.
“We need to be clever, be cute (on the pitch) which the Spanish are. This is something poured into them from an early age.
“For us, it’s about making it difficult for the referee not to give a decision.
“It’s about game management and taking the ball into the corner in those last couple of minutes.
“It’s also about making sure we kill the match off properly and being game smart”
City’s Academy Stadium clash with Madrid kicks off at 7:00 pm on Wednesday
And it comes days after Madrid loss away to Levante in Spain’s women’s top-flight in their first league game of the season.
The Champions League duel between the rivals is likely to see Karima Benameur back in goal for City.
The ex-Paris Saint-Germain stopper has started in the Citizens’ last two games conceding once against Madrid.
The France international has been called to action following Ellie Roebuck’s calf injury and with Karen Bardsley recovering from a hamstring problem.
And Taylor was full of praise for the France international keeper’s shot-stopping shift against the Toffees which earned her plaudits from pundits.
Before this season the player had made five first-team appearances for City following her 2019 switch from Paris FC.
Taylor added: “Karima has really risen to the challenge.
Karima Benamur has impressed in goal for City with Ellie Roebuck and Karen Bardsley out of actionCredit: Rex
“I always get a bit concerned when the goalkeeper is in the team of the week in a 4-0 win.
“It means that she was a little bit busy and she was certainly busy out in Madrid.
“But I thought she was really calm and composed showed a safe pair of hands and make good decisions.”
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