Chelsea Ladies and Manchester City Women – the top two sides in the WSL – clash this weekend. Ahead of the game, Chelsea and England star Millie Bright assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the sides involved…
From our perspective, facing Manchester City is certainly one of our toughest games of the season.
But that said, we always look at every game as a tough one – that’s our mentality throughout the season, we don’t take anything for granted.
I’m really looking forward to the game. It’s obviously a big one with them being just two points ahead and it’s always a great contest between us. After all it’s the two best teams in the WSL going head to head.
We won 8-0 against Yeovil in the FA Continental Tyres Cup last weekend which has us buzzing before the match with Man City. They were eight great goals plus we kept a clean sheet. We’re certainly fit and ready.
Scoring goals has been our thing this season, we’ve been putting a lot past teams. We’ve scored 21 in the league which is more than anyone else.
That has a lot to do with the players we brought in before the start of the season. They’ve settled really well and there is a great connection between us – even better than when we won the Spring Series earlier this year. When you get the relationships right and get to know each other it really translates onto the pitch. In addition, the depth of the squad is now massive which allows for rotation and people to come on and make an impact. Our levels are high for 90 minutes now.
MAN CITY TEST
We will need to be at our best this Sunday as Man City have had some really good performances this season. We know they’re a strong side mentally as well.
If I were to pick out a particular threat in their team it’d be Claire Emslie; She’s got pace and a real eye for goal. From what I’ve seen we’ll need to be wary of her.
Despite how good they are – with five wins from five – we can only really focus on ourselves.
We’ll obviously be keen to get back to winning ways in the league after our 2-2 draw with Reading last time out. Conceding late like we did was disappointing and it ended our 100% start to the season – but we were against a very tough side. We’ve reviewed that game and taken the positives we can take.
Some might say dropping those points puts more pressure on us to get a result this weekend, but the truth is we would be going out to win regardless, trying to get those three points.
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE AMBITIONS
As well as things going well on the domestic front, we’re into the quarter-finals of the Champions League in which we will play Montpellier in March.
I definitely want to be successful in the Champions League having never been involved in it before. It’s where the best players prove themselves.
And thankfully it’s not been a distraction – if anything it just encourages us to do well in the WSL to qualify again next year.
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