Up front and on target
news Fri 10 Nov 2017
Two of the three goalscorers for Chelsea Ladies against Rosengard on Wednesday have been reflecting on a magical Champions League night for the Blues.
Emma Hayes's side were considered the underdogs by many against the third-highest ranked side in the last 16 of the Women's Champions League, but a dominant performance helped us to secure a 3-0 advantage to take into next week's second leg.
Gilly Flaherty put the seal on the win with a composed finish late on, but the platform had already been built by goals from Fran Kirby and Ramona Bachmann.
For the latter, it was a particularly special night as she came up against a club she represented for four years on her 50th European appearance.
'We had a great performance, the first half especially was amazing,' she said. 'We had a lot of chances, we should have scored more, and in the first 20 minutes of the second half we lost it a little bit. But we came back into it and deserved to win.
'It was nice to score – I haven't done it for a while. I've had some good performances and some assists, but as a forward it's always nice to get a goal.'
While that was Bachmann's first of the new campaign, Kirby is now our leading scorer with five after her latest effort. She also leads the way for Chelsea in the Champions League, netting four times across our three seasons in the competition.
'I've been practising with my left foot all week in training so I thought I'd give it a go and I just tried to put it in the bottom corner,' said Kirby. 'Luckily it went in, so I'm really happy.
'Getting the clean sheet was really important, too, because if they got an away goal it would have been massive for them. We defended really well and it showed the resilience we've got in the team.'
Bachmann and Kirby combined for our vital away goal in Munich last month and on Wednesday night, as well as scoring, the pair linked up to great effect on numerous occasions.
'I really enjoy it,' said the Swiss international of their partnership. 'We find each other a lot and it's all about going on the pitch and having fun. We enjoy playing and that's why our performances are so good at the moment.'
Next up for the Blues is a trip to Adams Park on Sunday to face Reading in the FA Women's Super League 1. The game kicks off at 12.35pm and fans not attending can see all the action on the BBC via the red button, as well as keeping up with all the goings on via Twitter @ChelseaLFC.