Maren Mjelde says it is important that Chelsea Women end the season on a high and try our best to secure third place within the WSL. The Blues will make the trip to Somerset to play Yeovil on Tuesday, with a 7.45pm kick-off and then four days later travel to play Reading for the final league match of the season.
Mjelde explains that the team is in a really good place, despite missing out on the chance to clinch any silverware this season after exiting all three competitions at the semi-final stage and Arsenal running away with the league.
‘It has been tough after losing the Champions League semi-final which was our main goal to win. We still have two games and we need to try and finish in the best position possible in the league.
‘We have to be professional and do our best - we play for Chelsea so we need to wear the badge with pride and to do our best in the last two games even though we can’t win any trophies.’
Although we have netted 34 goals against Yeovil since 2017, with 12 of them being this season, the Norwegian international highlighted that the Somerset side have got stronger since our last encounter back in December.
‘Yeovil have been doing better so we can’t just go there and not be at our best. We have been playing really good football lately and we had a good game against City even though we lost and the two games against Lyon were really good performances too.
‘We are in a really good place even though we haven’t won any silverware, but hopefully we can build on the momentum we have going into the next game against Yeovil.
‘It’s a different opponent and of course we know we have scored a lot of goals against them before but we just need to go out there and perform, that’s the most important thing. Hopefully with the performance will come goals,’ she added.
Having missed six months of the season due to an injury, Mjelde has been back involved since March and she made a huge contribution to our Champions League campaign when she netted a sublime volley in the 91st minute to secure us a place in the semi-finals.
‘Of course the Champions League semi-final loss still hurts but it’s getting better day by day. We had two days off at the start of the week which I think was needed for us to just try to get over it in our own way.
‘Training all week has been really competitive and even though we have not won anything it’s still a really good team environment and we are focused and prepared for the next game against Yeovil.
Mjelde, who is known for playing in a more central position, has taken on the role as right-back of late and she has shared her thoughts on her positional change.
‘It has been fun, I’ve been playing against really good opponents so it has been a good challenge for me. I have played this position before so it’s not new but it’s new for me at Chelsea.
‘I like it because I can join in more offensively which I really enjoy and it’s great for my fitness too.’