Ladies set for cup derby
News Mon 7 Jul 2014
Chelsea Ladies travel to Arsenal this weekend knowing victory will send them into the semi-finals of the Continental Cup.
The Blues have performed well so far in the female equivalent of the League Cup, with wins over Reading, Watford and Millwall already. That means a win against either Arsenal on Sunday or London Bees next week will see them into the last four.
Chelsea captain Katie Chapman, a Gunner between 2006 and 2013, is relishing the fixture as she prepares for a first return to her former home, having faced them on neutral territory in the FA Cup semi-final defeat recently.
'It will be another good game, and interesting, considering the last game we played against Arsenal, and I'm looking forward to it,' said the 32-year-old.
'I've got over that fear, having played them once, but it's the first time going back to Borehamwood which will be a little strange. But it's another game of football, I'm at Chelsea now and we want to win that game.
'We've had a good run in the Continental Cup and if we win we book our place in the next stage, so it's important for us but important for them too because they need a win.'
The mid-season break allowed time for some of the Blues to regain fitness, and they kicked-off the second half of the campaign with a 2-1 win at Everton last weekend.
'It was important we came back well for the second half of the season,' said Chapman. 'We did well in the friendly against Doncaster, and then going and beating Everton with high confidence was good. We created a lot of chances and should have put the game to bed earlier than we did. But still, it's good to move on and we look forward to Arsenal.
'We're looking good so far, and things are coming together. We've had players come back from injury and we've a big squad to pick from so it's all looking good for us.'