Christiansen praises record crowd as Manchester City Women qualify for Europe

Manchester City Women midfielder Isobel Christiansen praised the record crowd inside the Academy Stadium as the Blues secured European football next season.

City’s 2-1 victory over Notts County ensured they finished second on the final day of the season as Chelsea thrashed Sunderland 4-0 to deny Nick Cushing’s side the chance to claim the league title.

A league record crowd of 3,180 was in attendance to witness the Blues seal their first European spot and midfielder Isobel Christiansen has praised supporters for getting behind the team this campaign.

“The fans deserve recognition for the way they’ve turned out in numbers and given us the support we deserve,” Christiansen told City’s official website.

“I’m running out of superlatives to describe how effective the World Cup has been for women’s football.

“Our support is amazing and if we can get anywhere near that again next season, it’ll be even more of a pleasure to play for this club.

“It was a really highly-contested game and I’m delighted we came away with three points and secured Champions League football for next season, which is a massive achievement for the club.”

Christiansen’s ninth goal of the season turned out to be the winner, after Rachel Williams’ header had cancelled out Nikita Parris’ opener.

Chelsea romped to victory against Sunderland to deny City the title and Christiansen admits there was an element of disappointment at full-time.

“We’re gutted that Chelsea didn’t slip up but we just controlled what we could control and that was to try to win.

“We’ll go away now and rest and come back next season ready to challenge for trophies.”

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