The Women’s Super League is set to resume this weekend, with Manchester United’s Alessia Russo discussing the club’s ambitions for the rest of the season. United will kick off the second half of the season with a home game against Liverpool at Leigh Sports Village, and Russo is confident that the team can continue to put on great performances. The 23-year-old, who was part of the Lionesses’ Euro-winning squad, has played a big part in United’s success so far and is hopeful that the team can aim for more than just a chance to play European football. Russo’s ambitions don’t stop there, as she hopes to be part of the World Cup squad this summer and to win the championship and Champions League. With the team’s ambitions high and more than 8,300 tickets sold for the game against Liverpool, Russo is sure to be a key figure in the club’s efforts to put on a show.
Before the resumption of WSL this weekend Alessia Russo spoke to the BBC about United’s ambitions for the rest of the season.
United resume their league clash against Liverpool tomorrow at home to Leigh Sports Village in front of an expected record crowd.
Russo told the BBC:
“I think it’s been great,” referring to the first half of the season.
“We put on a lot of great performances,” she continues. “We know where we want to go as a club and we’ve aligned with that.”
However, Blonde is under no illusions when they reach the halfway point, saying: “Obviously there’s still a long way to go – a big second half of the season.”
“I’m very proud to be a part of everything that’s been happening in the last six months,” she says.
The 23-year-old, who was part of the Lionesses’ Euro-winning squad, has played a big part in United’s success so far.
It was Russo who scored that thrilling 3-2 win over Arsenal that allowed fans to truly believe they could be in contention for a Champions League place and perhaps be considered title contenders.
“I think it’s very important to start well because it sets the tone for the second half of the season.”
When asked directly about the possibility of a title shot, Russo replied, “Never say never.”
“I hope we will continue to show excellent results like this season and I believe we have no doubts. We want to keep winning every game we face this season, that’s where the bar is, the bar is high and we have to match it as players.”
Although at the start of the season United’s main goal was to get a chance to play European football, Russo believes the club can aim for more.
“I think this club has huge ambitions and I think we, as players, have them too. We have to make sure we do a great job and prove it on match days.”
Russo says the Reds have nothing to fear as they hope to challenge the league.
As doubts over her future at the club continue to gather pace, she spoke about her personal ambitions, saying: “Last summer makes me want to go on and do even more. The World Cup is coming, I’d like to be in it, I’d like to win the championship, I’d like to win Champions League.”
He admits that these are big ambitions, but he hopes that he will be able to realize them. Whether she believes she can fulfill them with United remains to be seen.
More than 8,300 tickets have been sold for tonight’s game against Liverpool and Russo is sure to feature as Skinner hopes to put on a show against one of the club’s biggest rivals.