Caroline Weir has vowed to fight to the finish in her quest to see Manchester City reclaim the Women Super League number one position and remain the team to beat.
Weir has won the League Cup, the FA Cup twice, scored 25 goals and played nine short of 100 games for Manchester City.
In December last year, she became the club’s first player, male or female, to be nominated for the FIFA Puskas Award. There’s one stat she wants rid of, however. Since the midfielder joined City in 2018, the club have finished second in every Women’s Super League season.
‘Coming second every year that I’ve been here is a really annoying stat that I’ve got over me at the moment,’ Weir tells Sportsmail. ‘It’s definitely something I want to change.’
City have in fact come second for the last four campaigns, five if you include the mini Spring Series which took place in 2017. Chelsea have won three of the last four titles, with Arsenal winning the other, including the curtailed campaign in 2019-2020. City were top before the pandemic halted the season but finished second on points per game. The club’s last title came in 2016.
‘For us, it’s nothing too major because we know we’re close, it is just about sticking to the process,’ Weir says. ‘Every new season we bring in new players and it’s about how quickly they can get up to how we want to play.
‘We were really consistent for the last six months of last season but we had that period of a new manager, a lot of new players and we dropped points in the early parts of the season.
‘It’s not necessarily the big games against Chelsea or Arsenal that will win you the league, it’s the other games, when you’ve got three games in a week and you go away to Brighton and you have to travel. They’re the games that can catch you out.
We’re wary of that and that’s what we have to keep in mind, as much as it’s a long season we have to start well and we can’t afford to drop points early on in those types of games.