WOMEN'S FA CUP PREVIEW: FEELING GOOD

Posted on: Tue 29 May 2012

Chelsea Ladies take on Birmingham City in the FA Cup Final on Saturday at Bristol City's Ashton Gate, and Dunia Susi, who will be facing her former club, insisted we are heading into the game in great shape.

The Blues will start the match as slight underdogs, but having registered back-to-back victories against both Liverpool and Everton in recent weeks, momentum, as Susi admitted, is with us.

'It's all going well at the moment, everybody's confident,' she said. 'Beating Arsenal in the semi-finals has given us more belief and at the moment the mood in the camp is great.

'Everything's positive and we're all just looking forward to the day. The FA Cup is always a massive occasion and hopefully we can enjoy it.

'It's important to get wins under your belt heading into the Cup Final and go into the game with strong momentum. At this moment in time we are, and we can only take positives from that.'

Nobody would deny we deserve our place in the final following a route which has seen us dispose of Brighton, Doncaster and Arsenal, scoring seven goals along the way and not conceding any.

It was the win against the Gunners, however, which understandably caught the eye, a victory made all the more impressive given the fact we had been on the receiving end of a 3-1 defeat in the league at the Emirates only a week earlier.

Susi headed home the second goal in a 2-0 win after Helen Bleazard had given us the lead midway through the first half, and she believes successfully overcoming last season's Double winners was a real turning point in the campaign.

'They had a lot of chances, but on the day our goalkeeper, Sarah Quantrill, was the best player on the pitch,' said Susi. 'Some of the saves she made were outstanding.

'Overall it was a great team performance and it was exactly what we needed. It gave us the confidence to realise that we can compete with the top teams and hopefully become one of the best teams in the country.'

Having joined the Blues from Birmingham prior to the start of this season, Susi, now in her second spell as a Chelsea player, is under no illusions as to the size of the task awaiting us on Saturday.

Strong, imposing and with no shortage of players able to cause damage with their technical ability, Birmingham will provide the sternest of tests, and we will undoubtedly need to be at our very best to come away with the trophy.

A win for the Blues would see us cement our place in the history books at the first club to win the FA Cup across four platforms in one season, following the exploits of both the men's first team and youth team, as well as the women's Under 17s, but while Susi is aware of the significance of a victory, she remains firmly focused on the job at hand.

'The only pressure we feel is what we put on ourselves; it would be a great achievement for the club as a whole but it's important we just focus on the game itself,' she said.

'I was there last year and there have only been a couple of extra additions to the squad. They're a strong team with very good players, we're going into the game as underdogs but we need to have belief in ourselves and each other.

'To me, it's just another game, regardless of the opposition you just have to perform on the day. Whether it's Birmingham, Everton or Liverpool, you have to go out with the right attitude and give 110 per cent.'