Stokes: We want to win it all
- 27 March 2016 10:52
- Posted by @roline_mcfc
Demi Stokes is targeting success at both domestic and international level in 2016.
The defender, who earned a recall to the England squad following a string of fine displays for City at the end of last season, believes this year is her most thrilling yet.
Ready to compete on four fronts with the Blues whilst helping the Lionesses in their Euro 2017 qualifiers, the left-back asserts she is enjoying her football more than ever.
Speaking to mcfc.co.uk, she declared: "I love putting on the shirt, whether that's for City or England.
"It's a very exciting year for me. Of course, with City, we want to win the league, the cups and compete in the Champions League. We have to be realistic with it being our first year challenging in four competitions but we want to win it all - what's the point in playing otherwise?
"I was really pleased to be called back up to the England squad last year. You get ups and downs in football but that's just part of the game and I wouldn't have it any other way.
"I've been playing in a different role too which is good. I've embraced that and learned from it, plus I've been playing against the best.
"We've got qualifiers coming up and a lot of expectations for ourselves individually and as a team. This could be a great year for us."
One of the first names on Nick Cushing's teamsheet, Stokes was a key member of the Blues' side that secured a top-two finish in 2015.
City face fellow title contenders Arsenal on Monday and having missed out on top spot by just two points on the final day of the last campaign, the defender explained just how crucial every point gained over rivals can be.
"Arsenal are a top team with history," she added. "It's always a good game against them - whether it's in the men's game, women's game or at youth level.
"They have some new signings - some we know of from their previous teams - so it will be interesting to see how they gel. However, we see it as just another game - we have to concentrate on us and what we have to do to get the win.
"It will be a good match and as it's on Bank Holiday Monday, it's a good opportunity for people to get down and watch.
"It's important to start the season brightly. It helps us to grow in confidence and these games count when we're well into the season and the table is tight.
"Even at this stage, it's vital to get as many points on the board as possible. That's why we were so glad to get the three points against Notts County.
"We left it late but we were just trying to keep everyone on their toes... just kidding!
"Everyone was so relieved - whether we score in the first minute, 45th or 90th, a win is a win.
"We all know how important this season is and I think it's a sign of a good team that we are able to grind out results. That's what championship teams do - win games when they're not playing at their best.
"We've already showed we can get the ball down and play, but we've learned winning doesn't have to be pretty all the time. That's something new we have in our locker and our home support is another advantage.
"The atmosphere was really good on Wednesday. It was great to see everyone back and there were some new faces, which was pleasing to see.
"The crowd really got behind us which helped massively - the chanting was the best of any of the games I remember. It's always so good to see that the fans are with us and supporting us.
"Hopefully, they will be again on Monday and throughout the rest of the season."
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