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Blakstad: I’m feeling better every day

Julie Blakstad has set her sights on becoming a regular fixture in the City team across the 2022/23 campaign.

The Norwegian international joined the Club in January 2022 and has gone on to make 13 appearances so far, grabbing one goal and one assist in the process.

Her first pre-season was one of significant change for Gareth Taylor’s side with several high-profile members of the squad moving on to pastures new.

But with a number of fresh faces through the door, Blakstad is confident that it can be a successful year on both an individual and a collective front.

Indeed, the 21-year-old is excited to make her mark, believing the competition for places will bring the best out of everyone at City.

“I’m feeling better and better every day,” she explained.

“Of course, we have some new players, and the group looks a bit different from last season, but I feel like we’re a really good group now.

“I think the group is very competitive this season. You can’t take for granted that you’ll play.

“The competition is hard, and I think that drives us forward. People are wanting to have a spot in the starting XI so that’s going to be really good for the group.

“At the same time, we are a team and I feel like the team-spirit is great this season.

“I want to do my best to be more in the team, it’s competitive so it’s going to be hard, but I’ll do my best to play as much as possible.

“I think we’re going to have a lot of games if we do well in a lot of competitions so there will be time to show what I can do.”

Despite only moving to the Academy Stadium six months ago, Blakstad has adapted well to the rigours of English football in the early stages of her City career.

An important member of the squad, the Norwegian’s versatility has seen her operate both as a wide midfielder and at left-back for both Club and country.

Looking ahead to the new campaign though, Blakstad believes City fans will be seeing her further up the pitch on a more regular basis.

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She said: “I think this season, hopefully I will be playing a bit higher up the pitch.

“I’ve spoken to Gareth Taylor as well, I think as we have some new defenders you might see me further up the pitch.

“I think also in the (Norway) national team now that we have a new coach (Hege Riise), there may be some changes as well, it depends where he needs me, we’ll see.”

Chelsea v City

City's next match sees us lock horns with Chelsea in the Barclays Women's Super League on Sunday 25 September.

Kick-off at Kingsmeadow is scheduled for 16:00 (UK), and you can keep across all the action right here on mancity.com and the official Man City app.

Our Matchday Centre gets under way at 14:30, providing minute-by-minute text commentary, statistics and analysis before, during and after the game, while you can also follow the key moments on Twitter: @ManCityWomen.

A match report, plus reaction from Gareth Taylor and players alike will be available to view soon after the final whistle.

Highlights from Kingsmeadow, as well as a CITY+ full-match replay, can be accessed from 12:00 on Monday.

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