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Glasgow City have made it eleven league titles on the trot in Scotland after beating their major rivals Hibernian 3-0 on Sunday to pick up the result they required to win the league.
We talked to City defender Nicola Docherty who revealed her delight at being crowned Champions once again, as well as setting her sights on finishing the season on a winning note on Sunday:
WSS: Many congratulations to Glasgow City from all of us at Women's Soccer Scene, first of all, how does it feel to have won the title once again?
ND: It feels great. People always say "aren't you guys fed up of winning the league all the time?" Truthfully, absolutely not! We are all absolutely buzzing especially to win the league against our league rivals!
WSS: You beat your main rivals Hibernian in all three league games this season, including the title clincher on Sunday, is it extra pleasing that the team rose so well to the biggest matches?
ND: As I said previously, it was extra special to win the league against our biggest rivals on the day we lifted the league trophy. It could have went either way but mentally we believed the trophy would be ours again. We know Hibs can be dangerous so we knew we needed to raise it even more in the games against them!
WSS: The Hibernian matches apart, were there any other very significant results during the season?
ND: At Glasgow City, every league game matters to us, losing isn't something we accept at this club, we treat every league game the same - "Must Win Three Points".
WSS: After the agonising near miss in Europe, how pleasing was it the way the team bounced back for the league games after that?
ND: After that game it hit us all pretty hard. We fought so much to come back, but once the game was over we all remained positive, we are such a close group of players. That game made us want to be successful in the league and winning it even more as we believe it's what we deserved.
WSS: You haven't conceded a goal in the league since May and have kept thirteen successive clean sheets, that must be a record that the whole team is proud of?
ND: Of course we are proud of that, to go through that many games without conceding is a reward on its own. We work hard on things in training, defending being one of them and that seems to have paid off with not conceding. I am extra happy, especially being part of a defensive back four.
WSS: Leanne Ross has been there for all eleven title wins, how big an inspiration is she to the rest of the players?
ND: I don't think any other player will do that in our league again, it is a tremendous achievement for Leanne. 'Learo' can be known as the grumpy one in the team but at the end of the day she only demands standards at the club so I will let her off haha... nah, seriously, it's a pleasure to play alongside someone who has that winning mentality we all strive for.
WSS: You finish up the league season against Aberdeen this Sunday, presumably you will approach this game in the same way as all the others?
ND: We have already mentioned we want to end the league with a win and nothing less. Just because we have won the league doesn't change a thing for us, we will treat this game like every other one. Three points and nothing less.
WSS: What is it about Glasgow City that keeps the club winning trophies and stay driven for even more success?
ND: Truthfully, I think it's our winning mentality that we all have. When I first came to the club I had won nothing. Even drawing with Glasgow City or conceding isn't good enough. We demand high standards on and off the pitch. We all push each other on the training pitch, preparing for our game on a Sunday and ultimately we all have the same goal to win trophies as a team. Everybody likes winning so who wouldn't strive for more success.
Our thanks to Nicola!
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