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This week, Glasgow City completed the astonishing achievement of winning a tenth successive Scottish Women's Premier League title with a 3-1 win against main rivals Hibernian.
We talked to City midfielder Lauren McMurchie who hailed her team's latest Championship success but insisted it will be 'business as usual' until the season is finally over:
WSS: Many congratulations to you and everyone at the club, has the enormity of winning ten straight titles sunk in yet?
LM: Thanks very much! You know, I'm not sure if it has yet. Obviously everyone at the club is delighted, first and foremost to secure the league title for this season but to clinch ten titles in a row is something special to be involved in. We do however have another two games left to play so I think once the season has officially come to a close we will have more time to reflect on the achievement and celebrate.
WSS: You had to avoid defeat against your main rivals Hibernian to clinch the title on Sunday, how tough a game was it overall?
LM: It was of course a very tough game, as we've come to expect from Hibs over the course of the last few seasons in both league and cup competitions. They have a very talented squad which poses a lot of threat and always provide a stern test for us but it is a challenge which we relish and thankfully we managed to put in a performance deserving of clinching that all important title.
WSS: Do you think that it is getting harder to win the league each year?
LM: I certainly think it is becoming increasingly difficult and I'm sure my team mates would agree. Although it has been well documented that Hibs have been our closest title challengers in recent seasons, it is important to note that it is not only the games between us that secure a league title. I think the competitiveness of the league overall has been boosted by reducing the number of teams down to eight. We know that we can't afford to have 'an off day' or perform below our capabilities in any game as there are tough places to visit away from home with each team possessing the ability to capitalize on poor performances.
WSS: This week you finish up the league campaign against Rangers, it is sure to be a great occasion and celebration but presumably you'll be fully focused on ending on a winning note?
LM: We go into every game focusing on a win and Sunday's game will be no different. I think knowing we have the league title already secured will provide an opportunity for us to really go out and enjoy the game and hopefully put on a good performance. However, the game does provide our last chance to prepare for the Scottish Cup Final so we will be fully focused on remaining professional and putting ourselves in the best place possible heading into that game.
WSS: Then of course you play Hibernian again in the Scottish Cup Final, should that be another good match between the two teams?
LM: Absolutely. The games between ourselves and Hibs never fail to provide entertaining football and excitement. After our defeat in the League Cup earlier this season at the hands of our closest rivals we are under no illusions of the task ahead of us. We are completely focused and motivated to end the season on a high following our success in the league by retaining the Scottish Cup.
WSS: A few weeks ago you were narrowly beaten in Champions League, were the team left frustrated having pushed a top Swedish side so close?
LM: I think we are always frustrated when we exit any competition, especially the Champions League as it is something we really look forward to competing in every year. There's no doubt we played a top Swedish side with some exceptional players and it's always disappointing for it to end in defeat. However, the team put in two good performances and gave everything to reach the next round which has given us a lot to reflect and learn from for next season.
WSS: What do you think would be the key word to Glasgow City's continued success, which attribute over all others?
LM: Mentality. I have been at the club for about eight years now and have been fortunate to enjoy a lot of success during that time. Since joining the club it has been apparent that the players not only train exceptionally hard but they set high standards for each other which drives success. I believe there is a certain winning mentality that perforates throughout the club from the players, coaches, background staff and volunteers who all work so hard behind the scenes to make the continued success on the pitch possible.
Our thanks to Lauren!
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