Chelsea Women will be looking to get 2019 off to a strong start when Everton Ladies visit Kingsmeadow tomorrow (Sunday) at 2pm and vice-captain Millie Bright knows just how important a win will be for the Blues.
We go into the game in third place in the WSL table, five points behind Arsenal who have a game in hand.
‘It’s massive,’ Bright said of the importance of this weekend’s fixture. ‘Our mentality doesn’t change. We want to go out and get a win on Sunday and keep a clean sheet, putting in a good performance ahead of a tough week of games.
Emma Hayes’s side finished 2018 with seven wins on the bounce, scoring 31 unanswered goals in the run-up to the Christmas break, but Bright is expecting a tough game against the Toffees, following a 0-0 draw in the reverse fixture.
‘It’s always an aggressive game with Everton. I think they’ll be looking to attack but we’re just making sure that we focus on ourselves and bring our best game on Sunday to get the job done,’ said the England international.
The Blues have been back in training all week, and Bright believes the squad have benefitted from some time off over the festive period.
‘We had a decent break. I think the girls needed it, switching off from football and having a nice time with family and friends. We’ve started training really well, nice and sharp, and everyone is really eager to get going again.’
Support for Chelsea Women has been fantastic all season, and with a capacity crowd for Sunday’s FA Women’s Super League clash, the 25-year-old defender explains what a difference a big crowd can make to the team.
‘When we have a lot of fans there, and they’re loud and fiery - it builds us up and really gets us going in the game,’ she said.
‘People always ask if we can actually hear the fans during the game and the answer is yes you can and it makes a big, big difference. If someone puts in a good tackle or good shot or a goal goes in and they’re all cheering, it gets everyone going and really pushes us on as players, and I think it’s going to be massive on Sunday for the fans to make sure they’re behind us 100 per cent, as always.’
It’s not just top-class football to look forward to this weekend either, at half-time on Sunday there will be plenty of giveaways to supporters, including signed shirts and tickets. We look forward to seeing you there!