Khadija Shaw and Alex Greenwood celebrate one of the striker's 15 WSL goals this season so far

Manchester City v Chelsea: Khadija Shaw ‘could be the best in the world’ says Alex Greenwood – BBC

Location: Manchester City Academy stadium Date: Sunday, March 26 Time: 12:40 BST
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Manchester City striker Khadija Shaw “could be the best in the world,” said teammate Alex Greenwood.

The 26-year-old has scored 15 Women’s Super League goals in 15 games to send City to title contention.

“Her goalscoring record speaks for itself, but Bunny is so much more than goals,” Greenwood told BBC Sport.

“What she brings to the team in terms of play, her work off the ball and off the pitch – she’s a top person.”

Third-placed City are two points behind leaders Chelsea, who they must meet at the Academy Stadium on Sunday, having played one more game.

Shaw, who has scored 26 goals in 23 appearances in all competitions, will be key in the run-in as City chase a maiden WSL title – but Greenwood thinks the Jamaica international can get even better.

“I’m not surprised she’s doing what she’s doing and she still has so many levels to go, which is pretty scary to be honest,” said the England defender.

“I think she can be the best in the world if she wants to. She has all the qualities to be the best in the world, I know how hard she works in training.

“It’s why she’s thriving at the moment, she’s been very strong for us so we just have to keep feeding her, keep giving her the ball and she’ll take care of the rest.

“She’s a great person to be around and a really good friend of mine as well. She’s someone I can make really high demands on, and so do I and everyone else.”

Greenwood ‘not concerned’ by Man City’s slow start

City may have looked like unlikely title contenders as they lost their opening two WSL matches, and were knocked out of the Champions League by Real Madrid in the qualifying phase.

However, Gareth Taylor’s side have not lost a game in 90 minutes since defeat to Chelsea on September 25 and are unbeaten in 13 WSL matches – including 11 wins.

Greenwood was not worried about City’s slow start.

“If you define the season by two games, you’re a bit stupid,” she said. “Football is played over a season, teams take points from each other. Was I worried? No.

“We don’t want to start the season with two defeats, but that’s football and that’s how you react to it. Inside the dressing room the response has been brilliant, we know internally how we operate and what we expect from each other. Now you see the best of ourselves. “

Unlike title rivals Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal, City has only been involved in one game after defeated by Aston Villa in extra time in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

A defeat on Sunday risks a campaign without trophies, but Greenwood believes the team will embrace the crucial game against Chelsea.

“It’s welcome pressure,” she said. “We did our job quietly and a little under the radar.

“We’re focusing on ourselves, we’ve put ourselves in a really positive position and we’ll treat Sunday like any other game.”

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