Chelsea Women are underway with our 2019/20 campaign and in our new feature, we will be speaking to all of Emma Hayes’ squad to get to know them a bit better on and off the pitch.
Captain Magdalena Eriksson, who has been a Chelsea player since the start of 2017, tells us which team-mates she sits next to in the dressing room and what she does in her spare time…
How would you describe your playing style?
Aggressive, a tough defender who tries to be calm and composed with the ball.
Who was your favourite footballer growing up and why?
It was Carles Puyol, the defender who was at Barcelona, I really liked his style. He played with his heart and he went in for every tackle, was always reliable and was a leader.
What is your biggest achievement?
It’s hard to pick just one. All the trophies I have won at club and national team level means so much but I think coming here and winning the double was a massive achievement for me personally.
Who do you sit next to in the dressing room?
I sit at the end of row and I have Ann [Katrin Berger] on my inside. On matchdays we sit in number order so I have Adelina [Engman] usually and Fran [Kirby] on the other side.
Who do you sit with on away trips and what do you do to pass the time?
We have tables in the coaches so it’s usually me, Jonna [Andersson], Maria [Thorisdottir] and Maren [Mjelde]. The Scandies tend to sit close to each other and last time it was me Jonna and Guro [Reiten] and we played a game on our phones that we could play all together which was quite nice to pass the time.
What is the one thing you can’t live without?
I am not going to say my phone (laughs). I have a lip balm from Sweden, every time I go back to Sweden I buy the lip balm and I think I’m addicted to it and need to have it close to me all the time.
Tell us something interesting about you…
I know how to play the guitar and I taught myself when I was a teenager. When I was younger I was really into it but I haven’t played it in a while.
What do you do in your spare time?
Watch Netflix, football, drink coffee and just hang out with my friends. As soon as I have days off I go to see my partner and my family.
Favourite thing about England?
It’s the energy of the people, everyone is really outspoken, funny and quirky.
What is your favourite type cuisine?
I actually love Asian food the most, I cook a lot of Asian food.
What is your favourite film?
I went to the movies and watched this film three times because I like it so much – it has to be 12 Years a Slave.
Who is your favourite artist and favourite song by them?
Hmm that’s hard. It’s Lana Del Rey, I have her the most in my playlists and the best song is probably Summertime Sadness.