Starting Strong

In any sport, you’ll hear players, fans and experts talk about “the business end” of the season.

They are, of course, referring to the finale of the competition - when three points could be the difference between trophies, promotion, relegation, and there’s no time for second chances. The “business end” is when teams give that last push to prove themselves.

For Chelsea Ladies, however, the “business end” is now.

In the title-winning season of 2015, the year was clearly split into two halves - pre- and post-World Cup. While their rivals made a stuttering start, the Blues got out of the blocks quickly, going unbeaten in their opening ten games and earning themselves a commanding lead at the head of the table.

This breathing room was, eventually, what won us the league. Even if the team in second, Manchester City, had won all of their games after the World Cup (which they almost did), they still would not have overtaken our points tally. We could afford the slip ups against Sunderland and City, because the hard work had already been done.

And this year is no different; with the title race shaping up to be tighter than ever, starting strong has never been more important.

Although we are only one league game into the new season, the upcoming fixtures are again hinting that the business end is now. With matches against Manchester City in both the league and cup, a trip to long-term rivals Arsenal, and home and away ties vs Liverpool coming up in the next month (along with a potential cup final), this could be make-or-break for the Blues.

By Hannah Roberts from Chelsea Ladies Fans