Going back to basics was the catalyst for Ramona Bachmann’s two-goal haul for Chelsea Women in our 2-0 win over West Ham United on Sunday.
The Swiss forward, who recently made her 50th appearance for the Blues since her arrival from Wolfsburg in late 2016, has been putting in the hard yards in training to improve her record in front of goal, according to manager Emma Hayes.
That work has begun to bear fruit over the past week, as she came off the bench to score in our 6-0 drubbing of Fiorentina in the Champions League, and that was followed up by a decisive contribution at West Ham.
‘Getting three points was the most important thing, but scoring some goals will help our confidence as well,’ Bachmann said.
‘The first goal I thought was going in from my first shot and then it came back to me, but the angle was really bad. I was thinking, “Shall I hit it first time or not?” If I had done that it probably would have hit the other post, so I took a touch and put it in.
‘The second was a good one. I always try to beat players when I have a one-v-one, I want to get past the player, but I've been analysing my clips recently and I want to go back to basics a little bit. I don't always need to beat the player – just one touch and hit it. That's what I did and it went in.’
As well as analysing her own game, Bachmann has also looked ahead to what awaits her side in the coming weeks, with no European action to come until March.
‘Now we just need to keep getting the wins in the league,’ she said. ‘We've done well in the Champions League, but in the WSL we are chasing and we need to win every game. It's always hard when you play in four different competitions, so now we can really focus on the league the next few months, which will be really good for us.’
For the next week or so, however, Bachmann’s attention is firmly on helping Switzerland qualify for next summer’s World Cup, with a two-legged play-off with European champions Holland to contend with.
‘I'm looking forward to it,’ she said. ‘I'm suspended for the first game, which is sad, but it was a good warm-up for the second leg by scoring two goals in this match.’
The only place for Chelsea football in a couple of weekends is at Kingsmeadow where Chelsea Women host Yeovil on Sunday 18 November. Kick-off in that WSL match is 2pm and tickets are £6 adults, £3 juniors/seniors