All eyes on will be on us, says Bronze
- 14 March 2016 17:36
- Posted by @roline_mcfc
Lucy Bronze believes Manchester City Women's Super League rivals will be keeping a close eye on the Blues' opening game of the 2016 season.
Nick Cushing's side kick-off the new campaign with an FA Women's Cup trip to Liverpool this weekend, and the defender told mcfc.co.uk she feels her side will be under the microscope in the first test of their bid to compete for four trophies.
The England international, who has just returned from international duty with the Lionesses, added City are up to the challenge and are hungry for silverware.
"I can't wait for the season to start," she declared, "and it's great that we're playing a team like Liverpool in the first game - it's not an easy game and it's useful to get a tough game in early on.
"Everyone's in good spirits and we've had really good preparation with our friendlies and international duty.
"We played some great teams in pre-season and then some of us went off on international camps - England played the top teams in the world.
"A lot of teams in the league, including Liverpool, have a lot of internationals in their team so it was good practice.
"Now, we are all back in training with a week to put together everything we've learned."
Bronze will face her former Club on Saturday, having spent two successful years with the Reds. The defender played a key role in their consecutive league title triumphs, scooping the PFA Women's Players' Player of the Year award in 2014.
The right-back stated she is excited to return to her old stomping ground, but conceded a lot has changed at the Widnes outfit in the last 12 months.
"I know them quite well but there have been big changes over the past year," she said. "It's a completely different team to the one I knew.
"I think it will be an interesting game and I think a lot of people will be looking forward to it - not just us and Liverpool.
"A lot of teams will be looking to see how we both fare and how we look."
Confident the Blues will once again be challenging for the WSL crown, Bronze added she feels Chelsea and Arsenal will pose the biggest threats.
She continued: "It's an exciting season, especially because we have Champions League football to look forward to, and the fact there isn't a big international tournament to distract us is a good thing too.
"I would like to think we are strong title contenders.
"Last year, we came close - we finished in a Champions League spot which was brilliant, but a lot of us were disappointed not to pick up some silverware. This season, we want to make things right and win a trophy.
"Chelsea will be up there - of course, they won it last year and the previous winners are always a strong threat.
"Arsenal will be challenging too. They struggled a little last year but they've brought some good players in so it depends on how they gel.
"My hopes for this year lie with City and what we can achieve as a team. We're all focused on doing well and winning as much as possible. We want to prove our worth.
"On our day, we can beat anyone but I think a lot of teams will feel the same way.
"If we keep playing our game, keep everyone fit and keep working hard, I don't see why we can't come away with what we want."
After the international break, MCWFC's England stars will return to Manchester to prepare for the new Women's Super League season.
Seasoncards for 2016 are now on sale so you can guarantee your seat for all MCWFC home games, including the UEFA Women's Champions League.