Ladies preview: Double helpings for Sunday lunchtime

Ahead of a Chelsea Ladies double-header against London Bees, we hear from Blues defensive duo Hannah Blundell and Magda Eriksson.

Our bid for a third Women’s FA Cup final in four years begins at the Hive on Sunday, where we take on the side who are in seventh place in the WSL2.

Supporters attending the game can also see the Ladies’ development squad in action against their counterparts from the Bees, with that game kicking off at the same venue at midday before the main event gets underway at 2pm.

For Blundell (pictured top), the tie is an opportunity to not only move a step closer to Wembley Stadium but to make amends for a Continental Tyres Cup defeat against the Bees a couple of years ago.

On that occasion, the Blues were held to a 3-3 draw after extra-time, with the home side prevailing in a penalty shoot-out.

‘The FA Cup is a dream to play in and we want to get back to Wembley,’ she said. ‘What happened last time against London Bees will definitely help us focus on this one.

‘Looking back, it shows you can’t take any game lightly. You’ve got to give them the respect they deserve, but go in with a positive mindset and I’m confident that whatever team the manager puts out will get a result.

‘We can take positives from the game against Man City on Thursday. We had to step up and put in a good performance, which we did.’

The Blues were held to a goalless draw in that top-of-the-table WSL1 clash at Kingsmeadow, when perhaps all three points should have been ours after we created the better chances.

However, Eriksson (pictured leaping below) feels there are plenty of reasons for optimism after the game and she is looking forward to her first taste of the FA Cup.

‘We’re close, we’re there and we’re after them,’ she said of Man City. ‘Of course I would have hoped for a win, but a draw is all right.

‘The feeling we take with us from this game is that we had them pushed back in their own half and we had more chances.

‘I think we were the better team. We’ll take confidence that we were the better team and we had the upper hand. It’s still only two points between us.

‘Now I’m looking forward to the FA Cup. It’s a very classic cup and I can’t wait to play in it.’