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Bachmann: I have to beat Arsenal!

After the small matter of a World Cup qualification play-off against Belgium, Ramona Bachmann is focused on ensuring Chelsea Women remain the top side in London ahead of our huge match with Arsenal at Kingsmeadow.

The striker helped her nation move closer to a place at next summer’s Women’s World Cup this week, with Switzerland beating Belgium in a play-off semi-final. They now go head to head with the Netherlands next month for a place at next summer’s tournament in France.

Now there is a massive week on the horizon for the 27-year-old and her Blues team-mates, with back-to-back home games coming up against Arsenal in the Women’s Super League and the first leg of a Champions League last-16 tie with Italian side Fiorentina.

Bachmann, of course, has previous when it comes to the Gunners, having netted twice against them in last season’s FA Cup final, and she is confident of halting their good start to the season when we host them at Kingsmeadow on Sunday.

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'If ever I speak to any fans who maybe don’t watch the women’s team that much, they always ask about the FA Cup final,' said Bachmann, recalling her match-winning turn against them in May.

'It was such a great feeling to score the two goals, but even more so to win at Wembley and to lift the FA Cup.'

'Arsenal have started well this time, but the season is really long as you could see last year when Man City lost the two games right at the end and that helped us to win the title.

'We’ve got a big game to come against Arsenal next and although they’ve started really well, they’ve only played three games and they haven’t met us. Obviously, we haven’t started the way we wanted, but I’m not worried at all when you look at the quality our team has.

'Arsenal will drop points, it’s a long season and there are going to be plenty of things happening before the end of it. We have probably the best squad in the league and I think that will make the difference.'

Local bragging rights, as well as reeling in the league leaders, also comes into it for Bachmann despite the fact she has only been living near England's capital city for less than two years.

'Even I, as someone who is not from London, feel that I have to beat Arsenal! They’re from the same city as us and you obviously want to be the best team in London. There’s no way they are going to beat us, that’s how I feel.'

- There is no game for the Chelsea men’s team this weekend, so why not come down to Kingsmeadow and watch Chelsea Women v Arsenal Women? Kick-off on Sunday is at 2pm. Click for tickets

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